The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Utah 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 Utah.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Utah.

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

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

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-51 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 West Point area had the lowest unemployment rate at 0.8%, 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 51 metro areas from 1-to-51. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Centerville

Centerville, UT

Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Average Income: $111,181

2. South Jordan

South Jordan, UT

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 1.82%
Average Income: $126,341

3. Draper

Draper, UT

Unemployment Rate: 3.42%
Average Income: $149,514

4. Holladay

Holladay, UT

Unemployment Rate: 1.67%
Average Income: $122,365

5. Highland

Highland, UT

Unemployment Rate: 3.99%
Average Income: $168,207

6. West Point

Unemployment Rate: 0.83%
Average Income: $98,487

7. Riverton

Riverton, UT

Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Average Income: $115,117

8. Bountiful

Bountiful, UT

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 3.22%
Average Income: $95,683

9. Clinton

Clinton, UT

Unemployment Rate: 3.34%
Average Income: $88,983

10. Lehi

Lehi, UT

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Average Income: $103,512

MEASURING THE BEST JOB MARKETS In Utah

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

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

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Utah

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Centerville 2.8% $111,181
2 South Jordan 1.82% $126,341
3 Draper 3.42% $149,514
4 Holladay 1.67% $122,365
5 Highland 3.99% $168,207
6 West Point 0.83% $98,487
7 Riverton 2.3% $115,117
8 Bountiful 3.22% $95,683
9 Clinton 3.34% $88,983
10 Lehi 2.1% $103,512
11 Eagle Mountain 2.72% $87,762
12 Spanish Fork 3.02% $87,940
13 Farmington 2.23% $118,843
14 Kaysville 3.07% $108,550
15 Millcreek 3.83% $93,094
16 Herriman 3.05% $112,339
17 West Haven 2.22% $95,633
18 Washington 2.35% $89,940
19 Springville 3.07% $80,327
20 North Ogden 2.58% $90,520
21 Saratoga Springs 4.03% $105,922
22 Sandy 3.12% $110,893
23 Syracuse 2.14% $107,680
24 Layton 3.52% $87,987
25 South Ogden 2.18% $82,637
26 Cottonwood Heights 2.81% $118,093
27 Murray 3.85% $82,592
28 Woods Cross 3.52% $83,761
29 West Jordan 3.78% $87,783
30 Bluffdale 3.06% $124,058
31 North Salt Lake 3.74% $99,669
32 Midvale 4.25% $69,064
33 Taylorsville 4.84% $75,742
34 Heber 1.04% $82,413
35 American Fork 4.01% $85,500
36 Salt Lake 4.14% $83,449
37 Pleasant Grove 4.56% $85,878
38 Payson 5.87% $70,438
39 Clearfield 4.07% $65,428
40 Orem 4.27% $78,703
41 Roy 4.83% $74,852
42 St. George 4.27% $72,123
43 Hurricane 6.49% $61,667
44 Ogden 5.83% $61,939
45 Logan 2.92% $54,358
46 West Valley 4.6% $72,865
47 Provo 4.67% $66,703
48 Tooele 7.83% $71,465
49 Brigham 5.68% $64,664
50 South Salt Lake 4.44% $55,639
51 Cedar 5.29% $60,219
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