These Are The 10 Cities In New Jersey With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in New Jersey with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to New Jersey for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Garden State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. New Providence(Jobs)
  2. Morri
  3. Hoboken(Jobs)
  4. Haddonfield(Jobs)
  5. River Edge(Jobs)
  6. Westwood(Jobs)
  7. Lincoln Park(Jobs)
  8. Perth Amboy(Jobs)
  9. Hillsdale(Jobs)
  10. Florham Park(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, New Providence takes the cake as the place in New Jersey with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in New Jersey that have the most robust job force.

Or for more New Jersey job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In New Jersey With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what New Jersey’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 109 places in New Jersey.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 109 with one being the “most employed city in New Jersey”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. New Providence

New Providence, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,314
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
New Providence comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 3.3 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Morri

Source: Google Maps

Population: 18,580
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Morri doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Hoboken

Hoboken, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,979
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Hoboken, earning the bronze medal with a score of 4.0 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Haddonfield

Haddonfield, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,521
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Haddonfield. With a population of 11521 residents, Haddonfield is a solid place to move in New Jersey if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. River Edge

River Edge, New Jersey

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,483
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in River Edge. Numbering around 11483 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 4.4%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Westwood

Westwood, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,056
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
The city of Westwood is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,515
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Lincoln Park. With a unemployment rate of 5.0 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Perth Amboy

Perth Amboy, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,727
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Coming in at #8, Perth Amboy has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of New Jersey’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Hillsdale

Hillsdale, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,381
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Hillsdale, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Florham Park

Florham Park, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,820
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Florham Park, New Jersey. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 109.

Florham Park’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across New Jersey

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in New Jersey with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Camden
  2. Newark
  3. East Orange

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In New Jersey

City Rank Unemployment
New Providence 1 3.3%
Morri 2 3.8%
Hoboken 3 4.0%
Haddonfield 4 4.1%
River Edge 5 4.4%
Westwood 6 4.5%
Lincoln Park 7 5.0%
Perth Amboy 8 5.0%
Hillsdale 9 5.1%
Florham Park 10 5.1%
Ringwood 11 5.2%
Elmwood Park 12 5.3%
Wallington 13 5.3%
Oakland 14 5.4%
Franklin Lakes 15 5.4%
Dumont 16 5.5%
Summit 17 5.5%
Metuchen 18 5.5%
Palisades Park 19 5.7%
Collingswood 20 5.7%
Ridgefield Park 21 5.8%
Edgewater 22 5.8%
Ridgewood 23 5.9%
Glen Rock 24 5.9%
Ramsey 25 5.9%
Hackensack 26 5.9%
Paramus 27 6.2%
New Milford 28 6.2%
Madison 29 6.4%
Bergenfield 30 6.4%
Tenafly 31 6.4%
Westfield 32 6.4%
Fair Lawn 33 6.5%
Clifton 34 6.6%
Rutherford 35 6.6%
Somerville 36 6.7%
Fort Lee 37 6.7%
North Plainfield 38 6.7%
Highland Park 39 6.9%
Englewood 40 6.9%
Cliffside Park 41 6.9%
Secaucus 42 7.0%
Pompton Lakes 43 7.0%
Bayonne 44 7.1%
Ridgefield 45 7.1%
Ocean City 46 7.2%
North Arlington 47 7.2%
Beachwood 48 7.3%
Middlesex 49 7.4%
Bound Brook 50 7.5%
Hawthorne 51 7.5%
Hasbrouck Heights 52 7.6%
Freehold 53 7.7%
South Plainfield 54 7.8%
Dover 55 7.8%
Point Pleasant 56 7.8%
Kinnelon 57 8.0%
Woodland Park 58 8.2%
Sayreville 59 8.2%
Little Ferry 60 8.3%
Tinton Falls 61 8.5%
New Brunswick 62 8.5%
Hammonton 63 8.7%
Somers Point 64 8.8%
Garfield 65 9.0%
Red Bank 66 9.1%
Lodi 67 9.1%
Jersey City 68 9.4%
Passaic 69 9.4%
Vineland 70 9.6%
Wanaque 71 9.6%
Pine Hill 72 9.7%
Gloucester City 73 10.0%
Totowa 74 10.1%
Paterson 75 10.1%
Eato 76 10.1%
Manville 77 10.5%
Long Branch 78 10.5%
Kearny 79 10.7%
Rahway 80 10.7%
Fairview 81 10.7%
Woodbury 82 10.8%
Union City 83 10.9%
Linden 84 11.0%
West New York 85 11.0%
Guttenberg 86 11.2%
Elizabeth 87 11.3%
Hopatcong 88 11.3%
Harrison 89 11.4%
Lindenwold 90 11.5%
Ventnor City 91 11.7%
Glassboro 92 11.7%
Plainfield 93 11.8%
Roselle Park 94 12.2%
Bellmawr 95 12.2%
South River 96 12.3%
Phillipsburg 97 12.4%
Carteret 98 12.7%
Bridgeton 99 13.1%
Millville 100 13.5%
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