The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Washington 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 Washington.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Washington.

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

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

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-79 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 Lynden area had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.8%, 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 79 metro areas from 1-to-79. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Mill Creek

Mill Creek, WA

Source: City Of Mill Creek

Unemployment Rate: 3.21%
Average Income: $121,837

2. Sammamish

Sammamish, WA

Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Average Income: $198,149

3. Redmond

Redmond, WA

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 3.87%
Average Income: $148,835

4. Mercer Island

Mercer Island, WA

Unemployment Rate: 3.56%
Average Income: $219,325

5. Kenmore

Kenmore, WA

Unemployment Rate: 4.44%
Average Income: $126,364

6. Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie, WA

Unemployment Rate: 3.29%
Average Income: $161,903

7. Bellevue

Bellevue, WA

Unemployment Rate: 3.96%
Average Income: $155,184

8. Newcastle

Newcastle, WA

Unemployment Rate: 4.43%
Average Income: $165,302

9. Seattle

Seattle, WA

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 4.18%
Average Income: $119,707

10. Edgewood

Edgewood, WA

Unemployment Rate: 3.62%
Average Income: $107,093

MEASURING THE BEST JOB MARKETS In Washington

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

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

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Washington

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Mill Creek 3.21% $121,837
2 Sammamish 3.1% $198,149
3 Redmond 3.87% $148,835
4 Mercer Island 3.56% $219,325
5 Kenmore 4.44% $126,364
6 Snoqualmie 3.29% $161,903
7 Bellevue 3.96% $155,184
8 Newcastle 4.43% $165,302
9 Seattle 4.18% $119,707
10 Edgewood 3.62% $107,093
11 Monroe 4.45% $91,704
12 Bainbridge Island 3.07% $144,566
13 Kirkland 3.65% $142,195
14 Mukilteo 4.92% $130,512
15 Shoreline 4.43% $99,583
16 Renton 4.37% $94,808
17 Washougal 3.53% $104,236
18 Richland 4.88% $96,212
19 Lynden 2.84% $77,425
20 Des Moines 5.93% $86,309
21 Edmonds 3.92% $115,428
22 Issaquah 4.37% $128,374
23 Covington 3.5% $112,506
24 Camas 4.03% $126,471
25 Lake Stevens 3.53% $98,610
26 Anacortes 4.4% $88,157
27 Arlington 4.76% $82,948
28 Bothell 4.79% $114,068
29 Woodinville 3.51% $124,385
30 Mountlake Terrace 3.88% $86,303
31 Lake Forest Park 4.29% $133,327
32 Auburn 5.86% $85,116
33 Seatac 4.81% $74,268
34 West Richland 4.12% $104,394
35 Burien 5.59% $86,284
36 Bonney Lake 3.48% $106,033
37 Maple Valley 5.83% $118,226
38 University Place 5.0% $93,445
39 Kent 5.88% $85,568
40 Battle Ground 4.43% $82,745
41 Federal Way 6.55% $83,906
42 Wenatchee 4.25% $73,053
43 Pasco 5.47% $74,411
44 Tukwila 7.84% $84,528
45 Snohomish 4.17% $77,270
46 Bellingham 6.52% $68,486
47 Ferndale 6.75% $74,693
48 Puyallup 5.43% $86,760
49 Tacoma 5.66% $75,649
50 Enumclaw 5.49% $74,816
51 Marysville 5.65% $85,802
52 Lacey 6.77% $78,500
53 East Wenatchee 3.52% $63,698
54 Spokane 6.03% $66,249
55 Lynnwood 3.77% $75,328
56 Longview 7.36% $57,151
57 Port Orchard 6.01% $77,409
58 Spokane Valley 4.92% $63,442
59 Fife 4.6% $75,972
60 Ellensburg 7.35% $49,559
61 Vancouver 6.01% $76,792
62 Moses Lake 4.47% $65,652
63 Tumwater 5.84% $77,913
64 Mount Vernon 6.48% $69,499
65 Everett 5.73% $74,525
66 Sedro-Woolley 6.26% $68,021
67 Bremerton 6.78% $63,305
68 Centralia 9.74% $52,049
69 Port Angeles 8.56% $58,174
70 Pullman 11.36% $52,029
71 Kennewick 5.57% $71,663
72 Olympia 6.33% $75,355
73 Oak Harbor 5.77% $62,824
74 Walla Walla 5.29% $62,087
75 Yakima 6.86% $62,124
76 Aberdeen 6.68% $55,887
77 Lakewood 7.57% $66,180
78 Sunnyside 8.72% $59,271
79 Cheney 8.68% $49,869
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