The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Alabama For 2020

by Kathy Morris
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Anticipating a job hunt in 2020?

If so, you might be nervous about the state of your local job market or curious how it stacks up to rival cities. Cities in the same state can have dramatically different job markets. Job hunting in one part of the state can be a piece of cake, while in another city it can be a herculean task to just land an interview.

Here at Zippia, we love math (and jobs!), so we delved into the data to determine where in 2020 it was easiest to find a job in Alabama.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Alabama.

There you have it, folks- the ten cities where it was easiest to get a job in Alabama. Keep reading for a more detailed breakdown of how we reached these results. Your city not in the top 10? Keep scrolling to see where it landed on the full list.

How we determined the best job markets in Alabama

We used the most recent Census American Community Survey to pull data for the main Alabama metro areas. We only looked at cities with a working civilian population above 5,000.

While unemployment rate can tell you a lot about the local job market, it is simply one metric and job markets are complex entities. We opted to take a more in-depth look at the best job market in Alabama.

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-56 in four categories:

  • Unemployment Rate
  • Change In Unemployment Rate
  • Household Income Change
  • Current Average Household Income

The lower the score in each category the better. For example, the Mountain Brook area had the lowest unemployment rate at 1.9%, earning it the #1 spot for unemployment rate. The four ranked categories were then averaged together to produce our final list. The final list ranks the 56 metro areas from 1-to-56. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Homewood

Homewood, AL

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Unemployment Rate: 3.07%
Average Income: $115,896

2. Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook, AL

Unemployment Rate: 1.88%
Average Income: $214,489

3. Vestavia Hills

Vestavia Hills, AL

Unemployment Rate: 2.25%
Average Income: $147,258

4. Fairhope

Fairhope, AL

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Unemployment Rate: 4.44%
Average Income: $106,759

5. Millbrook

Millbrook, AL

Unemployment Rate: 3.66%
Average Income: $80,592

6. Trussville

Trussville, AL

Unemployment Rate: 3.44%
Average Income: $107,820

7. Leeds

Leeds, AL

Unemployment Rate: 5.09%
Average Income: $79,816

8. Hoover

Hoover, AL

Unemployment Rate: 3.49%
Average Income: $111,760

9. Pelham

Pelham, AL

Unemployment Rate: 3.93%
Average Income: $95,029

10. Helena

Helena, AL

Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Average Income: $93,722

MEASURING THE BEST JOB MARKETS In Alabama

You might be reading this and thinking, ‘Hey, I live in Mountain Brook and have been unemployed for months- this can’t be right!’ That’s entirely possible.

While Mountain Brook and the surrounding metro area have the hottest job market in Alabama, personal finances can be, well, personal. Education, work experience, and occupation all play a big role in securing a job. However, overall, job seekers in Mountain Brook will have an easier time than those in cities near the bottom of the list.

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Alabama

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Homewood 3.07% $115,896
2 Mountain Brook 1.88% $214,489
3 Vestavia Hills 2.25% $147,258
4 Fairhope 4.44% $106,759
5 Millbrook 3.66% $80,592
6 Trussville 3.44% $107,820
7 Leeds 5.09% $79,816
8 Hoover 3.49% $111,760
9 Pelham 3.93% $95,029
10 Helena 2.6% $93,722
11 Huntsville 6.2% $79,274
12 Muscle Shoals 5.27% $70,940
13 Enterprise 5.39% $73,677
14 Gardendale 5.14% $80,521
15 Saraland 6.95% $76,246
16 Hartselle 3.09% $75,260
17 Chelsea 3.84% $107,064
18 Daphne 4.47% $82,916
19 Alabaster 4.02% $85,572
20 Northport 4.66% $69,669
21 Calera 2.01% $69,354
22 Albertville 2.12% $55,333
23 Cullman 5.09% $61,848
24 Foley 6.42% $56,368
25 Montgomery 7.89% $65,986
26 Prattville 5.17% $78,229
27 Moody 3.8% $69,193
28 Madison 4.77% $115,813
29 Dothan 7.73% $67,748
30 Auburn 4.81% $72,673
31 Scottsboro 4.4% $57,529
32 Hueytown 7.49% $59,690
33 Birmingham 10.17% $51,555
34 Center Point 11.37% $68,175
35 Jacksonville 13.34% $55,433
36 Tuscaloosa 7.59% $66,136
37 Opelika 5.9% $61,137
38 Oxford 6.71% $69,327
39 Ozark 12.66% $55,357
40 Florence 5.58% $54,819
41 Troy 7.52% $52,197
42 Anniston 11.57% $58,316
43 Athens 9.61% $73,228
44 Gulf Shores 4.48% $71,828
45 Alexander 11.45% $50,263
46 Decatur 5.69% $63,768
47 Fort Payne 7.05% $52,800
48 Jasper 6.7% $64,685
49 Mobile 6.55% $60,481
50 Pell 6.96% $64,022
51 Irondale 5.88% $68,388
52 Phenix 9.24% $54,407
53 Bessemer 14.66% $43,595
54 Selma 15.74% $39,467
55 Gadsden 8.66% $48,368
56 Prichard 13.68% $37,832
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