The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Maine 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 Maine.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Maine.

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

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

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-11 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 Saco 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 11 metro areas from 1-to-11. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Saco

Saco, ME

Unemployment Rate: 3.01%
Average Income: $85,490

2. Portland

Portland, ME

Unemployment Rate: 3.05%
Average Income: $73,923

3. Waterville

Waterville, ME

Unemployment Rate: 5.07%
Average Income: $60,846

4. South Portland

South Portland, ME

Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Average Income: $83,634

5. Westbrook

Westbrook, ME

Unemployment Rate: 6.58%
Average Income: $69,340

6. Lewiston

Lewiston, ME

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 5.39%
Average Income: $56,320

7. Biddeford

Biddeford, ME

Unemployment Rate: 5.59%
Average Income: $67,300

8. Auburn

Auburn, ME

Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Average Income: $63,941

9. Augusta

Augusta, ME

Unemployment Rate: 6.22%
Average Income: $54,633

10. Bangor

Bangor, ME

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 6.62%
Average Income: $62,218


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

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

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Maine

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Saco 3.01% $85,490
2 Portland 3.05% $73,923
3 Waterville 5.07% $60,846
4 South Portland 5.2% $83,634
5 Westbrook 6.58% $69,340
6 Lewiston 5.39% $56,320
7 Biddeford 5.59% $67,300
8 Auburn 3.6% $63,941
9 Augusta 6.22% $54,633
10 Bangor 6.62% $62,218
11 Sanford 6.02% $61,448
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