The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Connecticut 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 Connecticut.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Connecticut.

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

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

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-20 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 Milford (balance) area had the lowest unemployment rate at 5.3%, 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 20 metro areas from 1-to-20. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Milford (balance)

Source: Public Domain

Unemployment Rate: 5.27%
Average Income: $112,209

2. Stamford

Stamford, CT

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 6.78%
Average Income: $140,141

3. Middletown

Middletown, CT

Unemployment Rate: 5.59%
Average Income: $88,996

4. Norwalk

Norwalk, CT

Unemployment Rate: 7.23%
Average Income: $120,522

5. Bristol

Bristol, CT

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 6.08%
Average Income: $82,765

6. Naugatuck

Naugatuck, CT

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 6.92%
Average Income: $94,760

7. Danbury

Danbury, CT

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Average Income: $93,792

8. Meriden

Meriden, CT

Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Average Income: $73,328

9. Shelton

Shelton, CT

Unemployment Rate: 5.33%
Average Income: $115,632

10. West Haven

West Haven, CT

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 9.51%
Average Income: $74,932


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

While Milford (balance) and the surrounding metro area have the hottest job market in Connecticut, 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 Milford (balance) will have an easier time than those in cities near the bottom of the list.

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Connecticut

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Milford (Balance) 5.27% $112,209
2 Stamford 6.78% $140,141
3 Middletown 5.59% $88,996
4 Norwalk 7.23% $120,522
5 Bristol 6.08% $82,765
6 Naugatuck 6.92% $94,760
7 Danbury 6.5% $93,792
8 Meriden 6.4% $73,328
9 Shelton 5.33% $115,632
10 West Haven 9.51% $74,932
11 Torrington 6.5% $74,353
12 New Haven 9.83% $63,189
13 Derby 10.42% $72,162
14 Ansonia 8.94% $68,397
15 Norwich 7.09% $71,604
16 New London 9.22% $56,931
17 New Britain 8.43% $59,180
18 Hartford 13.58% $50,765
19 Bridgeport 13.38% $62,879
20 Waterbury 11.26% $57,251
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