The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Tennessee.

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

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

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-48 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 Arlington area had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.1%, 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 48 metro areas from 1-to-48. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Brentwood

Brentwood, TN

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.76%
Average Income: $211,704

2. Spring Hill

Spring Hill, TN

Unemployment Rate: 3.01%
Average Income: $98,668

3. Goodlettsville

Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Average Income: $81,550

4. Arlington

Arlington, TN

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Average Income: $113,377

5. Hendersonville

Hendersonville, TN

Unemployment Rate: 4.44%
Average Income: $94,976

6. Mount Juliet

Mount Juliet, TN

Source: Wikipedia User Cadamwil | CC BY-SA 4.0

Unemployment Rate: 2.75%
Average Income: $94,802

7. Collierville

Collierville, TN

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.41%
Average Income: $136,807

8. Germantown

Germantown, TN

Source: City Of Germantwon

Unemployment Rate: 3.31%
Average Income: $159,915

9. Lebanon

Lebanon, TN

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 5.12%
Average Income: $69,680

10. Cleveland

Cleveland, TN

Unemployment Rate: 5.88%
Average Income: $68,104

MEASURING THE BEST JOB MARKETS In Tennessee

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

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

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Tennessee

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Brentwood 2.76% $211,704
2 Spring Hill 3.01% $98,668
3 Goodlettsville 5.4% $81,550
4 Arlington 2.1% $113,377
5 Hendersonville 4.44% $94,976
6 Mount Juliet 2.75% $94,802
7 Collierville 2.41% $136,807
8 Germantown 3.31% $159,915
9 Lebanon 5.12% $69,680
10 Cleveland 5.88% $68,104
11 Nashville-Davidson 4.61% $78,593
12 Maryville 5.48% $79,966
13 Smyrna 5.05% $69,259
14 East Ridge 3.88% $56,757
15 Collegedale 3.89% $73,803
16 Red Bank 4.74% $56,581
17 Murfreesboro 5.47% $78,083
18 Franklin 4.02% $120,895
19 Portland 5.43% $61,445
20 Lakeland 3.35% $118,307
21 Tullahoma 5.68% $63,520
22 Gallatin 3.58% $76,298
23 Farragut 2.9% $132,629
24 La Vergne 6.26% $74,588
25 Chattanooga 6.71% $66,297
26 Sevierville 4.27% $61,632
27 Johnson 6.38% $67,401
28 Bartlett 4.2% $95,555
29 Clarksville 7.21% $63,775
30 Kingsport 7.55% $64,994
31 Dickson 3.15% $64,263
32 White House 3.68% $77,712
33 Dyersburg 9.92% $63,156
34 Oak Ridge 6.33% $76,285
35 Soddy-Daisy 5.88% $62,656
36 Columbia 5.24% $56,044
37 Knoxville 5.93% $56,382
38 Greeneville 7.15% $51,486
39 Shelbyville 5.91% $52,135
40 Springfield 7.46% $58,422
41 Bristol 7.0% $56,576
42 Elizabethton 5.05% $49,912
43 Cookeville 8.31% $53,261
44 Jackson 6.15% $61,222
45 Mcminnville 7.72% $43,246
46 Memphis 9.28% $59,730
47 Morristown 9.02% $44,762
48 Athens 9.23% $46,659
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