The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Minnesota 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 Minnesota.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Minnesota.

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

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

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-98 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 Big Lake area had the lowest unemployment rate at 1.2%, 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 98 metro areas from 1-to-98. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Woodbury

Woodbury, MN

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.66%
Average Income: $131,235

2. Plymouth

Plymouth, MN

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.93%
Average Income: $133,434

3. Rosemount

Rosemount, MN

Unemployment Rate: 3.22%
Average Income: $118,122

4. Waconia

Waconia, MN

Unemployment Rate: 1.43%
Average Income: $110,386

5. Edina

Edina, MN

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Unemployment Rate: 3.46%
Average Income: $167,136

6. Savage

Savage, MN

Unemployment Rate: 3.41%
Average Income: $128,782

7. Golden Valley

Golden Valley, MN

Unemployment Rate: 2.93%
Average Income: $120,508

8. Chanhassen

Chanhassen, MN

Unemployment Rate: 1.92%
Average Income: $158,585

9. Ramsey

Ramsey, MN

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.58%
Average Income: $109,087

10. Otsego

Unemployment Rate: 2.52%
Average Income: $105,394

MEASURING THE BEST JOB MARKETS In Minnesota

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

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

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Minnesota

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Woodbury 2.66% $131,235
2 Plymouth 2.93% $133,434
3 Rosemount 3.22% $118,122
4 Waconia 1.43% $110,386
5 Edina 3.46% $167,136
6 Savage 3.41% $128,782
7 Golden Valley 2.93% $120,508
8 Chanhassen 1.92% $158,585
9 Ramsey 2.58% $109,087
10 Otsego 2.52% $105,394
11 Prior Lake 3.25% $125,356
12 Vadnais Heights 1.96% $105,461
13 Minnetonka 3.4% $129,614
14 Andover 3.0% $124,992
15 Mendota Heights 3.28% $159,509
16 Farmington 2.18% $107,290
17 Eden Prairie 2.9% $146,163
18 Lino Lakes 2.71% $125,780
19 Lakeville 2.56% $123,823
20 Maple Grove 2.7% $125,591
21 Chaska 1.98% $115,352
22 St. Louis Park 2.88% $95,972
23 St. Michael 3.07% $111,673
24 Rogers 2.99% $131,018
25 Shoreview 3.39% $112,466
26 North Branch 4.35% $87,438
27 Moorhead 2.93% $71,687
28 Mound 3.41% $119,853
29 Northfield 3.98% $82,655
30 Apple Valley 3.07% $108,851
31 Cottage Grove 2.99% $110,193
32 Champlin 2.92% $103,277
33 Eagan 3.61% $112,300
34 St. Peter 3.01% $67,266
35 New Brighton 4.34% $90,410
36 Forest Lake 3.61% $93,966
37 Big Lake 1.16% $90,985
38 East Bethel 3.24% $101,340
39 Richfield 3.97% $80,331
40 Stillwater 3.04% $108,586
41 Ham Lake 3.06% $124,259
42 Minneapolis 5.51% $85,887
43 White Bear Lake 3.28% $87,432
44 Sartell 2.56% $92,270
45 New Ulm 2.22% $71,987
46 Crystal 4.08% $76,551
47 Blaine 3.09% $101,927
48 Little Canada 4.91% $72,731
49 Bloomington 3.54% $93,268
50 Buffalo 5.14% $96,456
51 Burnsville 4.81% $85,726
52 North Mankato 5.0% $82,978
53 Hutchinson 2.81% $75,948
54 Inver Grove Heights 4.14% $103,041
55 Roseville 3.98% $87,543
56 Coon Rapids 3.76% $82,094
57 Maplewood 4.56% $86,137
58 New Hope 4.35% $76,431
59 Hugo 2.39% $109,950
60 Anoka 5.2% $71,960
61 Winona 4.85% $61,664
62 Robbinsdale 4.46% $76,414
63 Hopkins 4.35% $76,155
64 Elk River 3.59% $96,653
65 Alexandria 2.71% $64,135
66 Shakopee 3.24% $98,981
67 North St. Paul 4.04% $77,818
68 Mounds View 5.21% $77,918
69 Rochester 4.24% $94,495
70 Brooklyn Center 5.85% $68,200
71 Hastings 2.61% $83,080
72 Brooklyn Park 4.0% $84,603
73 Duluth 4.45% $69,185
74 Fergus Falls 3.74% $60,599
75 Mankato 4.44% $64,211
76 St. Paul 5.65% $77,516
77 Cloquet 5.89% $63,527
78 Brainerd 2.37% $50,320
79 Owatonna 4.42% $74,514
80 St. Cloud 7.09% $63,650
81 Austin 5.52% $67,724
82 Faribault 4.55% $62,314
83 Sauk Rapids 4.72% $65,840
84 South St. Paul 3.96% $69,217
85 Albert Lea 5.44% $55,649
86 Willmar 3.98% $59,571
87 West St. Paul 6.83% $70,368
88 Arden Hills 4.97% $114,932
89 Oakdale 4.2% $85,744
90 Grand Rapids 2.06% $55,276
91 Worthington 6.44% $59,371
92 Fridley 5.06% $72,343
93 Monticello 4.03% $72,417
94 Columbia Heights 6.25% $66,324
95 Red Wing 5.28% $69,955
96 Marshall 4.21% $73,195
97 Hibbing 6.35% $59,468
98 Bemidji 6.18% $49,896
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