The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Michigan For 2020

Kathy Morris
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 Michigan.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Michigan.

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

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

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-83 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 Berkley area had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.0%, 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 83 metro areas from 1-to-83. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Birmingham

Birmingham, MI

Unemployment Rate: 2.68%
Average Income: $193,241

2. Plymouth

Plymouth, MI

Unemployment Rate: 3.26%
Average Income: $115,323

3. Beverly Hills village

Source: Public Domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.81%
Average Income: $159,970

4. Novi

Novi, MI

Unemployment Rate: 2.84%
Average Income: $125,042

5. Troy

Troy, MI

Unemployment Rate: 3.99%
Average Income: $120,616

6. East Grand Rapids

East Grand Rapids, MI

Unemployment Rate: 2.86%
Average Income: $173,263

7. Royal Oak

Royal Oak, MI

Unemployment Rate: 3.61%
Average Income: $98,739

8. Farmington

Farmington, MI

Unemployment Rate: 3.37%
Average Income: $88,973

9. Grosse Pointe Park

Grosse Pointe Park, MI

Unemployment Rate: 3.28%
Average Income: $162,769

10. Rochester Hills

Rochester Hills, MI

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 3.28%
Average Income: $116,824

MEASURING THE BEST JOB MARKETS In Michigan

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

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

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Michigan

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Birmingham 2.68% $193,241
2 Plymouth 3.26% $115,323
3 Beverly Hills Village 2.81% $159,970
4 Novi 2.84% $125,042
5 Troy 3.99% $120,616
6 East Grand Rapids 2.86% $173,263
7 Royal Oak 3.61% $98,739
8 Farmington 3.37% $88,973
9 Grosse Pointe Park 3.28% $162,769
10 Rochester Hills 3.28% $116,824
11 Farmington Hills 3.94% $105,345
12 Walker 3.37% $72,270
13 Midland 5.94% $84,955
14 Wixom 2.22% $79,822
15 Portage 4.72% $84,942
16 Trenton 3.02% $81,754
17 Livonia 4.48% $91,481
18 Norton Shores 4.62% $78,159
19 Allen Park 3.96% $83,799
20 Ann Arbor 4.6% $92,977
21 Southgate 5.62% $64,643
22 Riverview 3.58% $75,515
23 Clawson 2.88% $78,144
24 Berkley 2.04% $96,441
25 Rochester 5.09% $128,273
26 Grandville 2.68% $76,155
27 South Lyon 2.74% $86,890
28 Ferndale 3.41% $80,031
29 Grosse Pointe Woods 3.47% $117,970
30 Grand Haven 5.38% $74,622
31 Holland 4.96% $69,994
32 Fraser 5.07% $71,314
33 Traverse 4.9% $79,477
34 Mount Pleasant 9.14% $56,009
35 Auburn Hills 6.94% $74,268
36 Madison Heights 4.94% $65,384
37 Wyoming 4.85% $64,083
38 Kentwood 4.13% $65,386
39 St. Clair Shores 6.1% $74,903
40 Sterling Heights 4.01% $78,033
41 Monroe 6.32% $59,714
42 Taylor 8.79% $58,505
43 New Baltimore 4.33% $87,253
44 Dearborn 7.81% $70,274
45 Grand Rapids 6.81% $62,979
46 Dearborn Heights 7.28% $64,797
47 Adrian 6.69% $50,856
48 Woodhaven 8.11% $76,691
49 Kalamazoo 9.0% $57,600
50 Fenton 4.75% $63,103
51 Marquette 7.14% $58,800
52 Burton 8.56% $59,187
53 Garden 3.87% $63,711
54 Warren 8.43% $60,807
55 Hazel Park 7.92% $46,286
56 Jackson 9.15% $46,071
57 Westland 5.79% $61,983
58 Wayne 6.64% $57,368
59 Lincoln Park 9.16% $55,714
60 Lansing 9.04% $50,942
61 Battle Creek 8.29% $57,181
62 Southfield 7.25% $69,664
63 Owosso 6.51% $52,895
64 Mount Clemens 8.84% $57,692
65 Eastpointe 9.37% $56,858
66 Roseville 7.92% $55,590
67 Bay 9.35% $50,173
68 Sault Ste. Marie 8.43% $51,301
69 Wyandotte 6.1% $67,000
70 Escanaba 6.46% $47,241
71 Inkster 12.32% $42,773
72 East Lansing 9.14% $67,450
73 Oak Park 6.61% $60,429
74 Detroit 17.32% $42,105
75 Saginaw 14.92% $39,974
76 Harper Woods 11.32% $58,632
77 Port Huron 11.06% $50,303
78 Romulus 9.33% $58,676
79 Ypsilanti 8.83% $54,608
80 Pontiac 13.29% $45,003
81 Hamtramck 10.33% $37,428
82 Muskegon 12.24% $42,187
83 Flint 20.85% $37,828
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