The 10 Hottest Job Markets In New Jersey 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 New Jersey.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in New Jersey.

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

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

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-110 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 East Rutherford 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 110 metro areas from 1-to-110. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Hillsdale

Hillsdale, NJ

Unemployment Rate: 2.91%
Average Income: $155,656

2. Princeton

Unemployment Rate: 3.25%
Average Income: $229,201

3. Westwood

Westwood, NJ

Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Average Income: $128,571

4. Ramsey

Ramsey, NJ

Unemployment Rate: 3.43%
Average Income: $184,437

5. Morristown

Morristown, NJ

Unemployment Rate: 3.77%
Average Income: $127,442

6. Haddonfield

Haddonfield, NJ

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.46%
Average Income: $197,495

7. Hoboken

Hoboken, NJ

Unemployment Rate: 3.41%
Average Income: $179,824

8. Franklin Lakes

Franklin Lakes, NJ

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 4.99%
Average Income: $229,048

9. Westfield

Westfield, NJ

Unemployment Rate: 3.32%
Average Income: $229,932

10. Florham Park

Florham Park, NJ

Source: Wikipedia User Leifern | GFDL

Unemployment Rate: 3.84%
Average Income: $170,541

MEASURING THE BEST JOB MARKETS In New Jersey

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

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

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In New Jersey

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Hillsdale 2.91% $155,656
2 Princeton 3.25% $229,201
3 Westwood 2.0% $128,571
4 Ramsey 3.43% $184,437
5 Morristown 3.77% $127,442
6 Haddonfield 2.46% $197,495
7 Hoboken 3.41% $179,824
8 Franklin Lakes 4.99% $229,048
9 Westfield 3.32% $229,932
10 Florham Park 3.84% $170,541
11 New Providence 4.6% $185,890
12 Madison 3.78% $194,226
13 Fair Lawn 3.99% $135,295
14 Paramus 4.27% $142,803
15 Summit 5.48% $237,324
16 Metuchen 3.93% $160,296
17 Dumont 5.46% $122,868
18 Wallington 3.73% $88,557
19 New Milford 6.0% $120,117
20 Ridgefield Park Village 4.05% $100,608
21 Tenafly 3.21% $230,838
22 River Edge 2.97% $144,868
23 Highland Park 5.74% $111,121
24 Wanaque 4.79% $114,976
25 Ridgewood Village 4.12% $233,277
26 Hasbrouck Heights 2.7% $116,237
27 Totowa 3.68% $123,368
28 Bound Brook 2.84% $88,739
29 Bergenfield 3.57% $113,788
30 Rutherford 6.15% $124,650
31 Waldwick 2.74% $135,458
32 Maywood 5.13% $120,771
33 Ringwood 4.42% $140,952
34 Red Bank 5.12% $108,949
35 Tinton Falls 3.01% $109,800
36 Somerville 4.94% $93,879
37 Middlesex 3.5% $98,420
38 Dover 5.08% $82,521
39 Point Pleasant 5.3% $113,998
40 Cliffside Park 3.62% $98,741
41 Collingswood 6.03% $96,315
42 Edgewater 4.2% $131,624
43 Lincoln Park 4.19% $99,589
44 Hawthorne 3.87% $110,506
45 Oakland 4.31% $147,683
46 Audubon 5.4% $94,695
47 Hammonton 6.56% $90,646
48 Pompton Lakes 4.14% $109,142
49 Englewood 7.01% $127,913
50 Secaucus 4.31% $122,610
51 Somers Point 7.22% $78,278
52 Rahway 5.59% $94,727
53 Palisades Park 3.98% $86,324
54 Perth Amboy 3.44% $65,661
55 Jersey 6.69% $97,558
56 Fort Lee 4.05% $104,418
57 Glen Rock 3.47% $206,279
58 Eatontown 4.97% $91,003
59 East Rutherford 1.92% $89,626
60 North Plainfield 5.72% $86,150
61 Asbury Park 10.3% $73,652
62 Bayonne 6.24% $80,094
63 North Arlington 4.4% $98,573
64 Hackensack 4.43% $79,556
65 Freehold 5.01% $78,083
66 Elmwood Park 4.68% $89,503
67 South Plainfield 6.61% $109,937
68 Gloucester 6.61% $65,539
69 Beachwood 6.64% $87,896
70 Bellmawr 7.57% $67,709
71 Guttenberg 7.92% $84,541
72 Lodi 6.36% $79,956
73 Woodland Park 4.31% $97,711
74 Passaic 5.69% $56,383
75 Elizabeth 7.28% $60,336
76 Glassboro 9.75% $84,650
77 Roselle Park 5.56% $91,148
78 Plainfield 7.05% $77,042
79 Sayreville 5.79% $94,640
80 Kearny 5.62% $81,469
81 Garfield 4.56% $74,694
82 Kinnelon 5.89% $184,404
83 Harrison 6.07% $84,006
84 South River 8.73% $85,900
85 Clifton 4.56% $92,489
86 Pleasantville 10.01% $53,638
87 Manville 4.37% $77,417
88 Millville 9.84% $63,420
89 East Orange 15.31% $59,313
90 Paterson 5.14% $53,810
91 Ridgefield 5.02% $90,987
92 Newark 12.77% $50,751
93 Roselle 10.06% $76,158
94 Vineland 6.51% $72,004
95 Trenton 12.35% $51,319
96 Camden 12.59% $40,015
97 Hopatcong 5.91% $100,256
98 Long Branch 7.34% $82,915
99 Union 5.03% $62,045
100 Pine Hill 7.99% $64,566
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