The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Georgia 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 Georgia.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Georgia.

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

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

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-81 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 Dallas area had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.2%, 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 81 metro areas from 1-to-81. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Peachtree

Unemployment Rate: 3.92%
Average Income: $127,860

2. Alpharetta

Alpharetta, GA

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 4.63%
Average Income: $143,873

3. Suwanee

Suwanee, GA

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 3.18%
Average Income: $105,241

4. Smyrna

Smyrna, GA

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 4.29%
Average Income: $100,886

5. Dunwoody

Dunwoody, GA

Unemployment Rate: 3.39%
Average Income: $125,060

6. Milton

Milton, GA

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 3.22%
Average Income: $187,229

7. Sandy Springs

Sandy Springs, GA

Unemployment Rate: 3.56%
Average Income: $127,507

8. Kennesaw

Kennesaw, GA

Unemployment Rate: 5.05%
Average Income: $85,657

9. Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

Unemployment Rate: 7.68%
Average Income: $98,575

10. Brookhaven

Brookhaven, GA

Unemployment Rate: 2.46%
Average Income: $133,865

MEASURING THE BEST JOB MARKETS In Georgia

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

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

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Georgia

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Peachtree 3.92% $127,860
2 Alpharetta 4.63% $143,873
3 Suwanee 3.18% $105,241
4 Smyrna 4.29% $100,886
5 Dunwoody 3.39% $125,060
6 Milton 3.22% $187,229
7 Sandy Springs 3.56% $127,507
8 Kennesaw 5.05% $85,657
9 Atlanta 7.68% $98,575
10 Brookhaven 2.46% $133,865
11 Richmond Hill 7.03% $84,011
12 Pooler 6.64% $94,698
13 Marietta 5.24% $81,075
14 Sugar Hill 4.67% $98,469
15 Roswell 3.3% $126,063
16 Chamblee 4.37% $77,611
17 Holly Springs 7.5% $97,793
18 Woodstock 2.93% $91,643
19 Doraville 3.54% $67,594
20 Decatur 4.65% $132,322
21 Cartersville 5.74% $71,104
22 Kingsland 6.31% $78,673
23 Mcdonough 7.27% $66,319
24 Johns Creek 5.05% $145,355
25 Duluth 4.75% $77,986
26 Warner Robins 6.98% $64,931
27 Villa Rica 7.82% $77,172
28 College Park 10.24% $56,312
29 St. Marys 7.86% $71,830
30 Peachtree Corners 4.3% $103,349
31 Newnan 4.76% $78,534
32 Tucker 6.05% $90,646
33 Carrollton 10.29% $61,908
34 Snellville 4.15% $80,508
35 Lilburn 3.54% $70,740
36 Rome 7.64% $62,060
37 Brunswick 8.33% $45,992
38 Norcross 4.8% $68,751
39 Loganville 6.97% $75,696
40 Stockbridge 8.53% $71,901
41 Gainesville 3.17% $63,659
42 Tifton 2.25% $50,251
43 Powder Springs 7.06% $78,306
44 Buford 2.43% $70,455
45 Columbus 9.25% $63,902
46 Lawrenceville 6.78% $64,695
47 Calhoun 4.02% $60,229
48 Athens-Clarke County 6.46% $56,917
49 Forest Park 11.27% $47,047
50 Winder 4.82% $60,308
51 Riverdale 9.3% $50,282
52 Acworth 6.19% $71,943
53 Moultrie 10.13% $48,644
54 Valdosta 8.21% $56,144
55 Dublin 5.17% $49,381
56 Americus 13.05% $43,935
57 Canton 7.62% $67,819
58 Union 8.85% $44,742
59 Fairburn 6.0% $54,579
60 Perry 14.42% $56,282
61 Milledgeville 15.92% $42,941
62 Covington 8.75% $57,345
63 Clarkston 10.17% $46,007
64 Fayetteville 6.85% $86,154
65 Savannah 9.99% $60,305
66 Dalton 7.01% $63,450
67 Stonecrest 10.09% $59,134
68 Albany 15.14% $47,981
69 Dallas 2.16% $55,328
70 Conyers 10.78% $50,877
71 Griffin 7.64% $47,975
72 Douglasville 9.2% $67,276
73 Macon-Bibb County 8.83% $61,037
74 Monroe 11.76% $43,571
75 East Point 8.6% $52,905
76 Augusta-Richmond County 10.34% $55,941
77 South Fulton 9.26% $75,778
78 Thomasville 8.02% $54,272
79 Lagrange 8.2% $51,160
80 Statesboro 12.26% $39,354
81 Hinesville 11.3% $54,210
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