The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Oregon 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 Oregon.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Oregon.

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

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

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-44 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 Happy Valley area had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.7%, 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 44 metro areas from 1-to-44. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Sherwood

Sherwood, OR

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.95%
Average Income: $118,144

2. West Linn

West Linn, OR

Unemployment Rate: 4.14%
Average Income: $138,142

3. Happy Valley

Happy Valley, OR

Unemployment Rate: 2.75%
Average Income: $156,270

4. Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego, OR

Unemployment Rate: 3.17%
Average Income: $151,917

5. Portland

Portland, OR

Unemployment Rate: 5.45%
Average Income: $90,382

6. Bend

Bend, OR

Unemployment Rate: 4.77%
Average Income: $86,969

7. Tigard

Tigard, OR

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 4.97%
Average Income: $95,435

8. Tualatin

Tualatin, OR

Unemployment Rate: 4.55%
Average Income: $101,757

9. Wilsonville

Wilsonville, OR

Unemployment Rate: 4.07%
Average Income: $102,111

10. Hillsboro

Hillsboro, OR

Unemployment Rate: 5.05%
Average Income: $91,173

MEASURING THE BEST JOB MARKETS In Oregon

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

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

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Oregon

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Sherwood 2.95% $118,144
2 West Linn 4.14% $138,142
3 Happy Valley 2.75% $156,270
4 Lake Oswego 3.17% $151,917
5 Portland 5.45% $90,382
6 Bend 4.77% $86,969
7 Tigard 4.97% $95,435
8 Tualatin 4.55% $101,757
9 Wilsonville 4.07% $102,111
10 Hillsboro 5.05% $91,173
11 Milwaukie 4.46% $75,152
12 Oregon 4.94% $85,473
13 Salem 6.27% $70,524
14 Beaverton 5.35% $86,151
15 Canby 3.97% $81,227
16 Redmond 6.72% $63,759
17 Hermiston 6.05% $65,835
18 Keizer 5.74% $76,884
19 Sandy 2.96% $74,885
20 Gladstone 6.88% $77,553
21 Ashland 5.21% $79,488
22 Forest Grove 7.31% $75,591
23 Cornelius 4.78% $73,022
24 Albany 7.9% $71,309
25 Corvallis 6.95% $71,565
26 Lebanon 7.32% $52,689
27 Troutdale 6.41% $84,326
28 Medford 6.95% $63,257
29 Mcminnville 5.85% $73,125
30 Central Point 6.75% $69,085
31 St. Helens 6.37% $62,505
32 Newberg 4.54% $69,675
33 Eugene 6.96% $68,813
34 Gresham 6.86% $66,237
35 The Dalles 4.37% $58,859
36 Woodburn 5.58% $57,720
37 La Grande 8.04% $62,589
38 Dallas 8.18% $64,849
39 Pendleton 11.39% $60,980
40 Roseburg 8.05% $57,897
41 Grants Pass 6.07% $55,181
42 Klamath Falls 10.27% $52,776
43 Coos Bay 8.31% $63,511
44 Springfield 8.05% $54,927
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