The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Virginia 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 Virginia.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Virginia.

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

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

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-38 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 Leesburg 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 38 metro areas from 1-to-38. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Vienna

Vienna, VA

Unemployment Rate: 3.33%
Average Income: $201,101

2. Falls Church

Falls Church, VA

Unemployment Rate: 3.87%
Average Income: $181,724

3. Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA

Unemployment Rate: 4.07%
Average Income: $85,664

4. Fairfax

Fairfax, VA

Unemployment Rate: 4.04%
Average Income: $132,435

5. Leesburg

Leesburg, VA

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Average Income: $134,667

6. Alexandria

Alexandria, VA

Unemployment Rate: 3.26%
Average Income: $127,734

7. Herndon

Herndon, VA

Unemployment Rate: 4.82%
Average Income: $128,888

8. Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg, VA

Unemployment Rate: 5.36%
Average Income: $86,820

9. Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, VA

Unemployment Rate: 4.85%
Average Income: $93,675

10. Poquoson

Poquoson, VA

Unemployment Rate: 5.29%
Average Income: $103,661

MEASURING THE BEST JOB MARKETS In Virginia

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

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

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Virginia

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Vienna 3.33% $201,101
2 Falls Church 3.87% $181,724
3 Charlottesville 4.07% $85,664
4 Fairfax 4.04% $132,435
5 Leesburg 2.7% $134,667
6 Alexandria 3.26% $127,734
7 Herndon 4.82% $128,888
8 Fredericksburg 5.36% $86,820
9 Virginia Beach 4.85% $93,675
10 Poquoson 5.29% $103,661
11 Williamsburg 7.49% $88,075
12 Salem 5.19% $75,752
13 Winchester 3.75% $75,613
14 Chesapeake 5.09% $92,716
15 Staunton 3.25% $66,313
16 Waynesboro 4.48% $58,718
17 Manassas Park 6.3% $94,472
18 Richmond 7.65% $71,732
19 Christiansburg 3.46% $79,714
20 Suffolk 6.23% $86,685
21 Norfolk 8.19% $69,410
22 Blacksburg 5.37% $63,565
23 Roanoke 6.85% $59,205
24 Harrisonburg 4.46% $60,920
25 Culpeper 4.97% $73,473
26 Front Royal 7.49% $66,258
27 Hampton 7.24% $68,776
28 Manassas 5.74% $93,608
29 Newport News 6.74% $66,183
30 Lynchburg 6.17% $61,086
31 Portsmouth 9.24% $61,052
32 Radford 5.93% $56,298
33 Bristol 5.9% $51,983
34 Colonial Heights 9.14% $67,430
35 Martinsville 7.78% $52,429
36 Danville 9.22% $50,300
37 Petersburg 11.27% $50,193
38 Hopewell 8.31% $53,391
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