The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Arizona For 2020

Kathy Morris
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 Arizona.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Arizona.

There you have it, folks- the ten cities where it was easiest to get a job in Arizona. 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 Arizona

We used the most recent Census American Community Survey to pull data for the main Arizona 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 Arizona.

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-35 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 Paradise Valley area had the lowest unemployment rate at 1.4%, 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 35 metro areas from 1-to-35. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Queen Creek

Queen Creek, AZ

Unemployment Rate: 3.61%
Average Income: $113,304

2. Scottsdale

Scottsdale, AZ

Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Average Income: $129,271

3. Gilbert

Gilbert, AZ

Unemployment Rate: 4.41%
Average Income: $108,940

4. Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley, AZ

Unemployment Rate: 1.37%
Average Income: $328,353

5. Goodyear

Goodyear, AZ

Unemployment Rate: 4.12%
Average Income: $96,766

6. Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills, AZ

Unemployment Rate: 4.28%
Average Income: $119,590

7. Sahuarita

Sahuarita, AZ

Unemployment Rate: 3.72%
Average Income: $86,713

8. Mesa

Mesa, AZ

Unemployment Rate: 5.42%
Average Income: $73,216

9. Avondale

Avondale, AZ

Unemployment Rate: 5.53%
Average Income: $71,316

10. Marana

Marana, AZ

Unemployment Rate: 4.29%
Average Income: $97,327

MEASURING THE BEST JOB MARKETS In Arizona

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

While Paradise Valley and the surrounding metro area have the hottest job market in Arizona, 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 Paradise Valley will have an easier time than those in cities near the bottom of the list.

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Arizona

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Queen Creek 3.61% $113,304
2 Scottsdale 3.7% $129,271
3 Gilbert 4.41% $108,940
4 Paradise Valley 1.37% $328,353
5 Goodyear 4.12% $96,766
6 Fountain Hills 4.28% $119,590
7 Sahuarita 3.72% $86,713
8 Mesa 5.42% $73,216
9 Avondale 5.53% $71,316
10 Marana 4.29% $97,327
11 Chandler 4.08% $101,559
12 Glendale 5.84% $68,907
13 Surprise 6.87% $78,614
14 Peoria 5.5% $89,644
15 Buckeye 5.61% $78,619
16 Tempe 5.38% $71,922
17 Oro Valley 5.68% $101,736
18 El Mirage 6.72% $64,332
19 Maricopa 4.58% $79,887
20 Prescott 7.09% $71,861
21 Flagstaff 7.2% $76,002
22 Lake Havasu 6.41% $66,050
23 Sierra Vista 6.8% $71,988
24 Kingman 7.42% $59,989
25 Phoenix 6.13% $76,711
26 Payson 4.64% $65,431
27 Prescott Valley 7.19% $57,207
28 Apache Junction 9.39% $52,019
29 Casa Grande 7.95% $61,585
30 Tucson 8.35% $55,689
31 San Luis 13.89% $47,758
32 Yuma 9.47% $62,852
33 Bullhead 8.28% $53,961
34 Nogales 10.11% $48,546
35 Somerton 9.4% $49,644
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