The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Idaho For 2020

By Kathy Morris - Jan. 8, 2020

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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 Idaho.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Idaho.

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

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

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-21 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 Kuna area had the lowest unemployment rate at 1.8%, 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 21 metro areas from 1-to-21. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Eagle

Eagle, ID

Unemployment Rate: 3.46%
Average Income: $121,843

2. Ammon

Ammon, ID

Unemployment Rate: 3.43%
Average Income: $86,976

3. Meridian

Meridian, ID

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 3.09%
Average Income: $87,653

4. Boise

Boise, ID

Source: Wikipedia User Robbymilo | CC BY-SA 4.0

Unemployment Rate: 4.59%
Average Income: $79,565

5. Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls, ID

Unemployment Rate: 4.35%
Average Income: $70,948

6. Lewiston

Lewiston, ID

Unemployment Rate: 4.36%
Average Income: $64,421

7. Garden

Unemployment Rate: 5.45%
Average Income: $67,368

8. Twin Falls

Twin Falls, ID

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 3.06%
Average Income: $62,246

9. Kuna

Kuna, ID

Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Average Income: $69,535

10. Caldwell

Caldwell, ID

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 7.8%
Average Income: $56,498


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

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

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Idaho

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Eagle 3.46% $121,843
2 Ammon 3.43% $86,976
3 Meridian 3.09% $87,653
4 Boise 4.59% $79,565
5 Idaho Falls 4.35% $70,948
6 Lewiston 4.36% $64,421
7 Garden 5.45% $67,368
8 Twin Falls 3.06% $62,246
9 Kuna 1.8% $69,535
10 Caldwell 7.8% $56,498
11 Jerome 2.79% $49,613
12 Chubbuck 5.15% $68,918
13 Hayden 4.8% $72,273
14 Post Falls 3.23% $62,331
15 Coeur D’alene 5.77% $64,479
16 Mountain Home 6.79% $58,532
17 Pocatello 6.39% $61,809
18 Blackfoot 1.95% $54,942
19 Moscow 5.91% $56,358
20 Nampa 6.51% $53,093
21 Rexburg 7.35% $43,854

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Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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