The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Massachusetts.

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

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

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-54 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 Melrose 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 54 metro areas from 1-to-54. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Watertown

Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Average Income: $120,104

2. Framingham

Unemployment Rate: 5.24%
Average Income: $102,024

3. Melrose

Melrose, MA

Unemployment Rate: 2.77%
Average Income: $129,158

4. Newburyport

Newburyport, MA

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 4.44%
Average Income: $137,592

5. Waltham

Waltham, MA

Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Average Income: $104,768

6. Medford

Medford, MA

Unemployment Rate: 3.34%
Average Income: $114,397

7. Woburn

Woburn, MA

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Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Average Income: $104,195

8. Braintree

Unemployment Rate: 4.89%
Average Income: $114,389

9. Newton

Newton, MA

Unemployment Rate: 2.95%
Average Income: $197,482

10. Marlborough

Marlborough, MA

Unemployment Rate: 4.68%
Average Income: $100,656

MEASURING THE BEST JOB MARKETS In Massachusetts

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

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

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Massachusetts

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Watertown 3.9% $120,104
2 Framingham 5.24% $102,024
3 Melrose 2.77% $129,158
4 Newburyport 4.44% $137,592
5 Waltham 4.3% $104,768
6 Medford 3.34% $114,397
7 Woburn 3.7% $104,195
8 Braintree 4.89% $114,389
9 Newton 2.95% $197,482
10 Marlborough 4.68% $100,656
11 Agawam 3.57% $83,878
12 Westfield 5.4% $82,281
13 Somerville 3.94% $110,738
14 Amesbury 3.37% $97,711
15 Cambridge 4.44% $130,581
16 Franklin 4.88% $141,798
17 Salem 4.39% $83,387
18 Methuen 6.59% $94,101
19 Winthrop 4.47% $94,159
20 Boston 7.23% $101,310
21 Attleboro 5.61% $92,805
22 Barnstable 4.71% $93,553
23 Weymouth 6.69% $96,997
24 Malden 5.59% $79,522
25 Taunton 5.98% $76,894
26 Haverhill 5.84% $83,923
27 Peabody 4.87% $88,357
28 Easthampton 5.6% $78,719
29 Beverly 4.06% $109,747
30 Lowell 7.08% $67,776
31 Northampton 5.85% $89,154
32 Gloucester 5.93% $91,768
33 Leominster 5.78% $76,754
34 Fitchburg 9.12% $69,203
35 Gardner 5.73% $66,620
36 Quincy 5.39% $91,585
37 Revere 5.77% $72,872
38 Everett 5.55% $73,714
39 Brockton 8.93% $72,381
40 West Springfield 6.38% $72,502
41 Greenfield 5.87% $65,005
42 Lynn 6.07% $70,477
43 Lawrence 9.59% $54,946
44 Fall River 8.67% $55,021
45 Chelsea 5.19% $68,101
46 Southbridge 8.15% $62,978
47 Palmer 5.85% $74,047
48 Worcester 6.63% $66,512
49 New Bedford 7.16% $58,702
50 Chicopee 6.72% $63,718
51 Pittsfield 7.19% $65,968
52 Holyoke 8.44% $58,425
53 Springfield 9.87% $53,323
54 North Adams 7.21% $55,654
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