The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Maryland 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 Maryland.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Maryland.

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

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

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-23 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 Easton area had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.8%, 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 23 metro areas from 1-to-23. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Rockville

Rockville, MD

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 4.57%
Average Income: $132,670

2. Bel Air

Bel Air, MD

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 4.46%
Average Income: $88,702

3. Bowie

Bowie, MD

Unemployment Rate: 5.79%
Average Income: $129,530

4. Mount Airy

Mount Airy, MD

Unemployment Rate: 3.09%
Average Income: $127,075

5. Hyattsville

Hyattsville, MD

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 4.93%
Average Income: $89,046

6. Frederick

Frederick, MD

Unemployment Rate: 5.33%
Average Income: $88,676

7. College Park

College Park, MD

Unemployment Rate: 4.04%
Average Income: $91,677

8. Annapolis

Annapolis, MD

Unemployment Rate: 4.96%
Average Income: $109,450

9. Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg, MD

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Average Income: $112,161

10. Easton

Easton, MD

Unemployment Rate: 2.81%
Average Income: $75,480


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

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

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Maryland

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Rockville 4.57% $132,670
2 Bel Air 4.46% $88,702
3 Bowie 5.79% $129,530
4 Mount Airy 3.09% $127,075
5 Hyattsville 4.93% $89,046
6 Frederick 5.33% $88,676
7 College Park 4.04% $91,677
8 Annapolis 4.96% $109,450
9 Gaithersburg 5.9% $112,161
10 Easton 2.81% $75,480
11 Takoma Park 6.59% $116,095
12 Greenbelt 6.04% $86,830
13 Laurel 5.28% $94,208
14 Elkton 7.65% $72,538
15 Aberdeen 6.08% $71,817
16 Cumberland 10.74% $50,795
17 Baltimore 9.11% $71,259
18 Havre De Grace 8.58% $97,206
19 Hagerstown 9.39% $54,601
20 Westminster 5.76% $80,650
21 New Carrollton 10.82% $81,236
22 Cambridge 9.27% $54,070
23 Salisbury 7.63% $53,724

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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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