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Champaign Unemployment

Updated: Wednesday, August 20 2014, 05:01 PM CDT

ILLINOIS -- A recent study by the Illinois policy institute says our state has the worst record for private sector job openings in 2014 when compared to other states. But, Champaign County officials say the jobs are here.

Newschannel at Nine's Nate Rodgers explains why some analysts are saying the numbers aren't exactly what they seem.

THE CHAMPAIGN COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORTATION IS DESIGNED TO GROW THE  ECONOMY BY ASSISITING ENTEPRENUERS AND HELPING BUSINESES EXPAND. ERIC KA-TAVA MEETS WITH COMPANIES ON A REGULAR BASES THAT CANT FIND VIABLE CANDIDATES.

"One of their main messages back to us is, 'Gosh, we've got a lot of jobs open and there's folks not studying these career pathways that can come in and take our jobs.'"

KATAVA BELIEVES THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY TEN THOUSAND JOB OPENINGS THROUGHOUT CHAMPAIGN COUNTY RIGHT NOW. GOOD JOBS TOO. OPPORTUNITIES THAT PAY GREAT MONEY,

"Take your pick you can work in food processing, you cab be a welder, you can be a technician that runs a computer for a CNC machine doing milling. A lot of it is pretty technical and high level work that you get paid pretty well for."

THIS MOTHER OF TWO IS CURRENTLY UNEMPLOYED. SHE SAYS FINDING A JOB IS A CHALLENGE GIVEN HER SITUATION.

"But it's so hard trying to take care of two boys, different ages, trying to get them in school, i did that.bAnd trying to do all that at one time and trying to get my own self in school and look for a job is very hard."

JOB RECRUITERS SAY APPLICANTS MUST PUT FORTH THEIR BEST EFFORT AND BE CONSISTENT WITH APPLYING.  ALSO, A  DEGREE ISNT ALWAYS NEEDED.  IT'S ALL ABOUT FINDING WHAT'S BEST FOR YOU.

"Go out, drive the community. Who are the employers here that you might pursue and find out what those opportunities are and go to the job fairs to see who are the employers that are recruiting."




Champaign Unemployment


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