The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Wisconsin.

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

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

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-91 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 Harrison village area had the lowest unemployment rate at 0.5%, 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 91 metro areas from 1-to-91. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Mequon

Mequon, WI

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.18%
Average Income: $178,759

2. New Berlin

New Berlin, WI

Unemployment Rate: 2.73%
Average Income: $103,991

3. Brookfield

Brookfield, WI

Unemployment Rate: 2.84%
Average Income: $145,936

4. Menomonee Falls village

Source: Public Domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Average Income: $105,077

5. Waunakee village

Source: Public Domain

Unemployment Rate: 3.27%
Average Income: $121,280

6. Wauwatosa

Wauwatosa, WI

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.64%
Average Income: $100,560

7. Sussex village

Source: Public Domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.07%
Average Income: $98,376

8. Pewaukee

Pewaukee, WI

Unemployment Rate: 2.25%
Average Income: $128,922

9. Germantown village

Source: Public Domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.85%
Average Income: $104,326

10. Harrison village

Source: Public Domain

Unemployment Rate: 0.5%
Average Income: $104,144

MEASURING THE BEST JOB MARKETS In Wisconsin

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

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

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Wisconsin

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Mequon 2.18% $178,759
2 New Berlin 2.73% $103,991
3 Brookfield 2.84% $145,936
4 Menomonee Falls Village 2.5% $105,077
5 Waunakee Village 3.27% $121,280
6 Wauwatosa 2.64% $100,560
7 Sussex Village 2.07% $98,376
8 Pewaukee 2.25% $128,922
9 Germantown Village 2.85% $104,326
10 Harrison Village 0.5% $104,144
11 Shorewood Village 3.82% $108,159
12 Muskego 3.09% $108,983
13 River Falls 1.84% $75,928
14 Glendale 1.44% $92,088
15 Oconomowoc 2.82% $96,982
16 Verona 2.11% $103,933
17 Fox Crossing Village 2.34% $129,529
18 Deforest Village 1.27% $91,205
19 Bellevue Village 3.33% $73,625
20 Monroe 2.13% $61,412
21 Port Washington 4.13% $77,145
22 Whitefish Bay Village 2.13% $150,305
23 Richfield Village 2.88% $128,905
24 Middleton 3.37% $105,870
25 Grafton Village 3.8% $88,062
26 Oregon Village 2.62% $106,840
27 Weston Village 2.62% $74,584
28 Kaukauna 1.92% $72,215
29 Sun Prairie 2.69% $82,309
30 Marshfield 2.83% $71,695
31 Neenah 3.07% $77,032
32 Fitchburg 3.65% $95,988
33 Cedarburg 3.47% $107,480
34 Appleton 3.69% $75,670
35 Franklin 3.22% $102,927
36 Elkhorn 2.81% $65,488
37 Onalaska 3.1% $87,881
38 Menasha 4.26% $74,005
39 Howard Village 3.58% $78,938
40 Reedsburg 1.71% $67,269
41 Eau Claire 4.0% $65,292
42 Greendale Village 3.65% $87,829
43 Stoughton 2.31% $80,398
44 Waukesha 3.08% $77,378
45 St. Francis 4.22% $59,295
46 Oak Creek 4.04% $89,594
47 Caledonia Village 4.61% $93,029
48 Little Chute Village 2.95% $68,840
49 Plover Village 2.64% $76,325
50 Allouez Village 3.06% $85,687
51 Pleasant Prairie Village 4.72% $97,967
52 Burlington 3.42% $77,555
53 Hartford 2.37% $69,097
54 Madison 3.48% $83,233
55 Hudson 2.2% $88,808
56 De Pere 3.34% $78,523
57 Salem Lakes Village 4.84% $87,682
58 Platteville 4.43% $54,371
59 West Bend 3.11% $70,956
60 Oshkosh 3.94% $58,967
61 Mount Pleasant Village 3.19% $86,228
62 Suamico Village 4.51% $105,850
63 Wausau 5.19% $62,435
64 Greenfield 3.8% $70,449
65 Kenosha 7.65% $69,981
66 Baraboo 6.92% $61,677
67 Ashwaubenon Village 4.36% $73,210
68 Beaver Dam 5.39% $62,610
69 Chippewa Falls 5.29% $52,976
70 Sheboygan 5.55% $57,017
71 Two Rivers 4.58% $56,543
72 Manitowoc 3.18% $58,476
73 Fond Du Lac 5.53% $62,485
74 Green Bay 4.01% $61,597
75 Stevens Point 4.32% $59,826
76 South Milwaukee 5.96% $64,517
77 Janesville 4.57% $69,064
78 La Crosse 4.99% $59,461
79 Beloit 9.41% $54,588
80 Fort Atkinson 4.22% $68,732
81 Cudahy 3.76% $64,009
82 West Allis 4.47% $58,944
83 Watertown 4.29% $61,167
84 Marinette 4.16% $51,212
85 Superior 3.56% $58,795
86 Milwaukee 7.79% $55,556
87 Brown Deer Village 5.16% $65,713
88 Whitewater 7.73% $45,598
89 Menomonie 3.89% $58,385
90 Racine 7.01% $54,612
91 Wisconsin Rapids 5.5% $50,576
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