The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Missouri 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 Missouri.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Missouri.

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

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

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-75 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 Kearney area had the lowest unemployment rate at 1.6%, 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 75 metro areas from 1-to-75. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Kirkwood

Kirkwood, MO

Unemployment Rate: 2.51%
Average Income: $119,750

2. Creve Coeur

Creve Coeur, MO

Unemployment Rate: 2.38%
Average Income: $169,310

3. Chesterfield

Chesterfield, MO

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.19%
Average Income: $144,259

4. Grain Valley

Unemployment Rate: 3.05%
Average Income: $78,834

5. Manchester

Manchester, MO

Unemployment Rate: 4.29%
Average Income: $103,569

6. Webster Groves

Webster Groves, MO

Unemployment Rate: 3.97%
Average Income: $125,890

7. St. Charles

St. Charles, MO

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 3.19%
Average Income: $83,072

8. Lee’s Summit

Unemployment Rate: 3.26%
Average Income: $103,841

9. Dardenne Prairie

Unemployment Rate: 2.25%
Average Income: $146,000

10. Wentzville

Wentzville, MO

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 3.39%
Average Income: $95,068

MEASURING THE BEST JOB MARKETS In Missouri

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

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

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Missouri

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Kirkwood 2.51% $119,750
2 Creve Coeur 2.38% $169,310
3 Chesterfield 2.19% $144,259
4 Grain Valley 3.05% $78,834
5 Manchester 4.29% $103,569
6 Webster Groves 3.97% $125,890
7 St. Charles 3.19% $83,072
8 Lee’s Summit 3.26% $103,841
9 Dardenne Prairie 2.25% $146,000
10 Wentzville 3.39% $95,068
11 O’fallon 3.15% $104,195
12 Wildwood 2.78% $171,745
13 Ballwin 3.48% $116,840
14 Clayton 3.19% $183,118
15 Brentwood 1.6% $110,427
16 St. Peters 4.0% $91,392
17 Crestwood 3.22% $93,130
18 Farmington 4.32% $60,347
19 Kearney 1.58% $83,009
20 Lake St. Louis 3.3% $110,651
21 University 5.41% $110,713
22 Liberty 2.58% $89,730
23 Raymore 2.54% $91,758
24 Washington 2.3% $72,116
25 Union 2.76% $61,708
26 Maryland Heights 5.05% $77,961
27 Bridgeton 7.47% $82,197
28 Carthage 7.94% $54,146
29 Blue Springs 3.21% $85,233
30 Bellefontaine Neighbors 8.0% $56,365
31 Joplin 5.36% $62,166
32 West Plains 1.66% $51,433
33 Richmond Heights 3.6% $115,951
34 Maplewood 2.61% $59,162
35 Troy 3.1% $62,757
36 St. Louis 8.29% $60,564
37 Nixa 4.99% $66,164
38 Hazelwood 6.58% $73,030
39 Cape Girardeau 5.27% $61,852
40 Excelsior Springs 4.83% $60,382
41 Raytown 4.83% $63,040
42 Overland 4.81% $55,296
43 Maryville 4.58% $47,370
44 Kansas 5.37% $72,418
45 Florissant 8.08% $63,615
46 Rolla 5.36% $51,408
47 Festus 8.8% $65,764
48 Marshall 3.05% $52,837
49 Jefferson 4.01% $66,313
50 Sedalia 8.74% $50,571
51 Lebanon 6.65% $48,455
52 Ferguson 10.32% $52,886
53 Grandview 5.27% $57,092
54 Warrensburg 5.16% $56,109
55 Columbia 4.11% $71,311
56 Gladstone 5.96% $71,790
57 Independence 5.38% $63,837
58 Arnold 4.86% $73,408
59 Neosho 3.27% $50,483
60 Ozark 4.83% $64,952
61 Jennings 10.52% $41,737
62 St. Joseph 5.23% $61,477
63 Belton 3.79% $70,850
64 Webb 5.86% $56,238
65 Jackson 7.24% $74,698
66 Sikeston 6.91% $55,206
67 Moberly 5.39% $52,343
68 Republic 4.94% $59,303
69 Hannibal 7.12% $53,072
70 Branson 6.57% $48,948
71 Kirksville 7.99% $43,964
72 St. Ann 7.6% $52,173
73 Poplar Bluff 8.84% $47,149
74 Bolivar 3.54% $49,010
75 Springfield 5.65% $49,525
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