The 10 Hottest Job Markets In New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in New Hampshire.

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

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

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-11 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 Lebanon area had the lowest unemployment rate at 1.9%, 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 11 metro areas from 1-to-11. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Dover

Dover, NH

Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Average Income: $89,912

2. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, NH

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.51%
Average Income: $107,229

3. Nashua

Nashua, NH

Unemployment Rate: 4.81%
Average Income: $91,899

4. Lebanon

Lebanon, NH

Unemployment Rate: 1.93%
Average Income: $85,137

5. Claremont

Claremont, NH

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 3.25%
Average Income: $61,610

6. Laconia

Laconia, NH

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 5.25%
Average Income: $75,877

7. Concord

Concord, NH

Unemployment Rate: 4.31%
Average Income: $82,499

8. Keene

Keene, NH

Unemployment Rate: 4.63%
Average Income: $76,947

9. Manchester

Manchester, NH

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Average Income: $72,376

10. Rochester

Rochester, NH

Unemployment Rate: 4.34%
Average Income: $73,834


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

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

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In New Hampshire

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Dover 3.9% $89,912
2 Portsmouth 2.51% $107,229
3 Nashua 4.81% $91,899
4 Lebanon 1.93% $85,137
5 Claremont 3.25% $61,610
6 Laconia 5.25% $75,877
7 Concord 4.31% $82,499
8 Keene 4.63% $76,947
9 Manchester 5.1% $72,376
10 Rochester 4.34% $73,834
11 Somersworth 5.95% $72,158
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