The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Iowa 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 Iowa.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Iowa.

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

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

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-41 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 Waukee area had the lowest unemployment rate at 0.7%, 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 41 metro areas from 1-to-41. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Clive

Clive, IA

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Unemployment Rate: 2.73%
Average Income: $130,930

2. Coralville

Coralville, IA

Unemployment Rate: 2.84%
Average Income: $97,419

3. Ankeny

Ankeny, IA

Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Average Income: $101,738

4. Johnston

Johnston, IA

Unemployment Rate: 2.74%
Average Income: $124,309

5. Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill, IA

Unemployment Rate: 3.13%
Average Income: $91,331

6. Carroll

Carroll, IA

Unemployment Rate: 1.96%
Average Income: $66,559

7. West Des Moines

West Des Moines, IA

Unemployment Rate: 3.16%
Average Income: $102,041

8. Le Mars

Le Mars, IA

Unemployment Rate: 2.79%
Average Income: $73,531

9. North Liberty

North Liberty, IA

Unemployment Rate: 1.1%
Average Income: $92,209

10. Norwalk

Norwalk, IA

Unemployment Rate: 2.82%
Average Income: $100,700

MEASURING THE BEST JOB MARKETS In Iowa

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

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

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Iowa

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Clive 2.73% $130,930
2 Coralville 2.84% $97,419
3 Ankeny 2.8% $101,738
4 Johnston 2.74% $124,309
5 Pleasant Hill 3.13% $91,331
6 Carroll 1.96% $66,559
7 West Des Moines 3.16% $102,041
8 Le Mars 2.79% $73,531
9 North Liberty 1.1% $92,209
10 Norwalk 2.82% $100,700
11 Waukee 0.68% $113,803
12 Marion 3.5% $84,813
13 Cedar Falls 3.37% $85,556
14 Bettendorf 3.45% $100,629
15 Davenport 4.37% $65,638
16 Pella 2.98% $75,200
17 Indianola 4.31% $70,135
18 Sioux 5.24% $67,213
19 Waterloo 5.74% $61,740
20 Cedar Rapids 3.66% $76,644
21 Grimes 2.11% $96,399
22 Urbandale 3.02% $110,439
23 Dubuque 5.07% $65,825
24 Altoona 2.45% $91,292
25 Iowa 4.77% $70,317
26 Boone 3.52% $64,976
27 Des Moines 5.96% $67,235
28 Storm Lake 8.12% $64,522
29 Ottumwa 6.56% $55,225
30 Mason 5.16% $63,515
31 Muscatine 2.67% $63,345
32 Clinton 5.44% $57,897
33 Burlington 6.22% $60,240
34 Council Bluffs 4.75% $63,412
35 Waverly 3.2% $77,878
36 Marshalltown 5.51% $61,107
37 Oskaloosa 6.24% $57,640
38 Ames 5.24% $64,659
39 Fort Dodge 4.93% $54,450
40 Spencer 4.35% $59,004
41 Newton 7.35% $56,225
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