The 10 Hottest Job Markets In North Carolina 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 North Carolina.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in North Carolina.

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

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

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-78 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 Hendersonville area had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.2%, 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 78 metro areas from 1-to-78. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Holly Springs

Holly Springs, NC

Unemployment Rate: 3.77%
Average Income: $120,745

2. Apex

Apex, NC

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Unemployment Rate: 3.54%
Average Income: $121,753

3. Cary

Cary, NC

Unemployment Rate: 3.49%
Average Income: $124,441

4. Matthews

Matthews, NC

Unemployment Rate: 3.38%
Average Income: $102,364

5. Stallings

Unemployment Rate: 3.86%
Average Income: $99,937

6. Summerfield

Summerfield, NC

Unemployment Rate: 3.35%
Average Income: $137,620

7. Davidson

Davidson, NC

Unemployment Rate: 3.15%
Average Income: $162,762

8. Harrisburg

Harrisburg, NC

Unemployment Rate: 6.45%
Average Income: $110,176

9. Huntersville

Huntersville, NC

Unemployment Rate: 3.65%
Average Income: $115,777

10. Waxhaw

Waxhaw, NC

Unemployment Rate: 4.09%
Average Income: $125,247

MEASURING THE BEST JOB MARKETS In North Carolina

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

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

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In North Carolina

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Holly Springs 3.77% $120,745
2 Apex 3.54% $121,753
3 Cary 3.49% $124,441
4 Matthews 3.38% $102,364
5 Stallings 3.86% $99,937
6 Summerfield 3.35% $137,620
7 Davidson 3.15% $162,762
8 Harrisburg 6.45% $110,176
9 Huntersville 3.65% $115,777
10 Waxhaw 4.09% $125,247
11 Cornelius 4.02% $121,577
12 Pinehurst Village 2.58% $103,793
13 Indian Trail 4.13% $97,431
14 Raleigh 4.31% $90,550
15 Wake Forest 4.33% $105,312
16 Mint Hill 3.73% $87,847
17 Lewisville 3.98% $106,964
18 Morrisville 3.58% $114,219
19 Kannapolis 7.84% $70,692
20 Chapel Hill 4.12% $118,806
21 Southern Pines 5.35% $96,308
22 Garner 5.19% $77,131
23 Carrboro 4.15% $91,640
24 Charlotte 6.22% $90,983
25 Clemmons Village 4.03% $89,097
26 Mooresville 4.71% $84,553
27 Burlington 7.06% $58,723
28 Fuquay-Varina 4.32% $87,686
29 Sanford 7.95% $61,243
30 Hendersonville 2.22% $54,599
31 Belmont 4.78% $92,185
32 Asheville 3.48% $68,735
33 Concord 6.03% $83,781
34 Kernersville 4.06% $70,078
35 Knightdale 3.98% $84,369
36 Morganton 7.65% $59,290
37 Winterville 3.07% $87,238
38 Winston-Salem 7.49% $69,340
39 Greensboro 6.34% $68,483
40 Durham 5.21% $79,045
41 Monroe 9.22% $61,580
42 Leland 5.99% $77,784
43 Clayton 3.78% $78,613
44 Hickory 8.39% $68,746
45 Mebane 6.26% $70,295
46 Archdale 5.58% $68,504
47 Graham 4.96% $50,173
48 Kinston 15.48% $53,945
49 Havelock 9.22% $58,630
50 Mount Holly 5.04% $74,012
51 Wilmington 6.86% $68,555
52 Roanoke Rapids 6.4% $53,587
53 Wilson 8.68% $57,995
54 Gastonia 7.99% $65,793
55 Hope Mills 8.56% $56,481
56 Henderson 10.19% $58,644
57 New Bern 8.66% $60,279
58 High Point 7.95% $65,825
59 Rocky Mount 8.3% $56,291
60 Salisbury 10.36% $59,693
61 Jacksonville 11.88% $53,693
62 Lumberton 7.75% $53,042
63 Asheboro 6.98% $48,069
64 Greenville 9.87% $58,608
65 Reidsville 7.82% $45,103
66 Statesville 8.58% $55,549
67 Lexington 13.84% $39,648
68 Newton 7.65% $50,695
69 Boone 15.12% $42,702
70 Shelby 10.28% $54,643
71 Laurinburg 14.23% $44,094
72 Fayetteville 9.56% $57,910
73 Goldsboro 14.31% $49,289
74 Thomasville 8.29% $51,354
75 Elizabeth 8.66% $46,529
76 Albemarle 8.73% $52,499
77 Lenoir 7.76% $46,795
78 Eden 8.87% $45,269
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