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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 are the ten hottest job markets in Illinois.
There you have it, folks- the ten cities where it was easiest to get a job in Illinois. 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.
We used the most recent Census American Community Survey to pull data for the main Illinois 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 Illinois.
Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-213 in four categories:
The lower the score in each category the better. For example, the Chatham village 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 213 metro areas from 1-to-213. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.
Unemployment Rate: 3.32%
Average Income: $174,644
Unemployment Rate: 2.77%
Average Income: $171,908
Unemployment Rate: 2.45%
Average Income: $211,626
Unemployment Rate: 3.53%
Average Income: $188,251
Unemployment Rate: 4.42%
Average Income: $232,780
Unemployment Rate: 2.29%
Average Income: $222,859
Unemployment Rate: 4.09%
Average Income: $157,470
Unemployment Rate: 3.17%
Average Income: $281,855
Unemployment Rate: 4.26%
Average Income: $98,159
Unemployment Rate: 3.51%
Average Income: $123,308
You might be reading this and thinking, ‘Hey, I live in Chatham village and have been unemployed for months- this can’t be right!’ That’s entirely possible.
While Chatham village and the surrounding metro area have the hottest job market in Illinois, 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 Chatham village will have an easier time than those in cities near the bottom of the list.
|3||Western Springs Village||2.45%|
|4||Campton Hills Village||3.53%|
|6||River Forest Village||2.29%|
|14||Morton Grove Village||3.86%|
|15||Buffalo Grove Village||4.19%|
|19||Homer Glen Village||4.06%|
|22||Lake Zurich Village||3.93%|
|23||New Lenox Village||5.26%|
|28||Vernon Hills Village||3.29%|
|32||La Grange Village||3.87%|
|38||South Elgin Village||5.09%|
|40||Lake In The||3.01%|
|52||Glen Ellyn Village||3.18%|
|58||Oak Park Village||5.17%|
|59||Elk Grove Village||4.45%|
|61||Downers Grove Village||4.68%|
|63||Mount Prospect Village||4.25%|
|66||Evergreen Park Village||3.87%|
|68||Sugar Grove Village||4.85%|
|69||Orland Park Village||3.51%|
|71||Carol Stream Village||5.53%|
|75||Arlington Heights Village||3.31%|
|87||Round Lake Beach||5.3%|
|88||North Aurora Village||4.67%|
|92||Elmwood Park Village||6.17%|
|96||Hoffman Estates Village||4.05%|
|97||Villa Park Village||3.83%|
|99||Hanover Park Village||6.41%|
|100||La Grange Park||4.05%|
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