IN THE WORKPLACE: Where the jobs still are
The Champaign metropolitan area has made Beyond.com's list of the top 10 areas in the U.S. to find a job for the second straight quarter.
During the third quarter of 2013, Champaign ranked No. 6 in most job opportunities per capita.
In the fourth quarter of 2013, Champaign moved up to No. 5, when it came to the highest number of open jobs and the least competition for them.
The top three job titles Champaign employers needed to fill were: truck drivers, registered nurses and package handlers. The only change from the previous quarter was package handlers replacing sales associates.
The top 10 metro areas changed significantly from quarter to quarter. Only four metros on the third-quarter list — Champaign; San Jose, Calif.; Lawton, Okla.; and Jackson, Tenn. — remained in the top 10 during the fourth quarter.
Here are the top 10 metros where Beyond.com said the jobs were during October, November and December:
1. Cheyenne, Wyo.
2. San Jose, Calif.
3. Manchester, N.H.
4. Des Moines, Iowa
6. Lawton, Okla.
7. Sioux City, Iowa
8. Jackson, Tenn.
9. Harrisburg, Pa.
10. San Francisco
Among other Illinois metro areas, Danville dropped from No. 22 to No. 48; Springfield fell from No. 9 to No. 22; and Bloomington plunged from fifth to a ranking out of the top 50.