The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Louisiana 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 Louisiana.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Louisiana.

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

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

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-26 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 Youngsville area had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.0%, 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 26 metro areas from 1-to-26. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Mandeville

Mandeville, LA

Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Average Income: $115,166

2. Central

Central, LA

Unemployment Rate: 3.05%
Average Income: $86,050

3. Zachary

Zachary, LA

Unemployment Rate: 4.45%
Average Income: $92,315

4. Baker

Unemployment Rate: 4.67%
Average Income: $67,607

5. Lafayette

Lafayette, LA

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 4.72%
Average Income: $76,540

6. Kenner

Kenner, LA

Unemployment Rate: 5.29%
Average Income: $72,582

7. Broussard

Broussard, LA

Unemployment Rate: 3.65%
Average Income: $93,854

8. Sulphur

Sulphur, LA

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 4.51%
Average Income: $63,838

9. Alexandria

Alexandria, LA

Unemployment Rate: 9.95%
Average Income: $63,583

10. Youngsville

Youngsville, LA

Unemployment Rate: 3.04%
Average Income: $103,434


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

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

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Louisiana

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Mandeville 3.8% $115,166
2 Central 3.05% $86,050
3 Zachary 4.45% $92,315
4 Baker 4.67% $67,607
5 Lafayette 4.72% $76,540
6 Kenner 5.29% $72,582
7 Broussard 3.65% $93,854
8 Sulphur 4.51% $63,838
9 Alexandria 9.95% $63,583
10 Youngsville 3.04% $103,434
11 Houma 8.22% $65,285
12 West Monroe 8.01% $48,910
13 Gretna 7.25% $66,173
14 Baton Rouge 8.53% $67,336
15 New Orleans 8.41% $69,101
16 Pineville 6.06% $60,663
17 Hammond 10.53% $59,486
18 Bossier 5.5% $63,689
19 Lake Charles 6.78% $62,050
20 Opelousas 6.93% $39,375
21 Shreveport 7.09% $60,502
22 Monroe 9.83% $55,776
23 Slidell 7.23% $70,326
24 Thibodaux 7.94% $58,571
25 Ruston 7.53% $47,178
26 New Iberia 11.25% $52,962

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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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