These Are The 10 Cities In New York 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 York 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 York 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 Empire State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Mineola(Jobs)
  2. Scarsdale(Jobs)
  3. Lake Grove(Jobs)
  4. Kenmore(Jobs)
  5. Patchogue(Jobs)
  6. Westbury(Jobs)
  7. Kiryas Joel(Jobs)
  8. Glen Cove(Jobs)
  9. Babylon(Jobs)
  10. Lindenhurst(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, Mineola takes the cake as the place in New York with the lowest unemployment rate.

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

Or for more New York job information, check out:

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

Before we could dive into what New York’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 90 places in New York.

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 90 with one being the “most employed city in New York”. 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. Mineola

Mineola, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,918
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Mineola comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 3.8 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. Scarsdale

Scarsdale, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,471
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Scarsdale doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Lake Grove

Lake Grove, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,235
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Lake Grove, earning the bronze medal with a score of 4.0 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Kenmore

Kenmore, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,334
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Kenmore. With a population of 15334 residents, Kenmore is a solid place to move in New York if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Patchogue

Patchogue, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,045
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Patchogue. Numbering around 12045 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 4.6%.

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

6. Westbury

Westbury, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,201
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
The city of Westbury 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. Kiryas Joel

Kiryas Joel, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,201
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Kiryas Joel. With a unemployment rate of 4.9 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Glen Cove

Glen Cove, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,161
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Coming in at #8, Glen Cove has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of New York’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Babylon

Babylon, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,177
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Babylon, 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. Lindenhurst

Lindenhurst, New York

Source: Flickr

Population: 27,303
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Lindenhurst, New York. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 90.

Lindenhurst’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across New York

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 York with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Fulton
  2. Poughkeepsie
  3. Massena

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In New York

City Rank Unemployment
Mineola 1 3.8%
Scarsdale 2 4.0%
Lake Grove 3 4.0%
Kenmore 4 4.4%
Patchogue 5 4.6%
Westbury 6 4.7%
Kiryas Joel 7 4.9%
Glen Cove 8 5.0%
Babylon 9 5.2%
Lindenhurst 10 5.2%
Rye 11 5.5%
Floral Park 12 5.7%
Garden City 13 5.7%
Cortland 14 6.1%
Long Beach 15 6.2%
Batavia 16 6.2%
Mount Kisco 17 6.3%
Dobbs Ferry 18 6.4%
Rome 19 6.5%
Depew 20 6.5%
Great Neck 21 6.6%
Fredonia 22 6.8%
Plattsburgh 23 6.8%
Rockville Centre 24 6.8%
Canandaigua 25 6.8%
Johnson City 26 7.1%
White Plains 27 7.1%
Port Chester 28 7.2%
Woodbury 29 7.2%
Tonawanda 30 7.3%
North Tonawanda 31 7.3%
Geneva 32 7.4%
Harrison 33 7.5%
Freeport 34 7.5%
Suffern 35 7.5%
New Rochelle 36 7.5%
Oneida 37 7.6%
Lancaster 38 7.7%
Ithaca 39 7.8%
Lockport 40 7.8%
Mamaroneck 41 8.0%
Ossining 42 8.0%
West Haverstraw 43 8.1%
Massapequa Park 44 8.1%
Corning 45 8.1%
Tarr 46 8.2%
Watervliet 47 8.4%
Olean 48 8.4%
Albany 49 8.4%
Saratoga Springs 50 8.5%
Glens Falls 51 8.8%
Elmira 52 8.8%
Hempstead 53 8.8%
Oneonta 54 8.9%
Yonkers 55 9.1%
Ogdensburg 56 9.3%
Sleepy Hollow 57 9.3%
Valley Stream 58 9.3%
New York 59 9.5%
Oswego 60 9.6%
Middletown 61 9.6%
Mastic Beach 62 9.6%
Lynbrook 63 9.6%
Cohoes 64 9.8%
Kingston 65 9.9%
Schenectady 66 9.9%
Auburn 67 10.0%
Jamestown 68 10.0%
Haverstraw 69 10.1%
Watertown 70 10.5%
Endicott 71 10.6%
Beacon 72 10.6%
Peekskill 73 10.9%
Dunkirk 74 10.9%
Binghamton 75 11.1%
Buffalo 76 11.2%
Niagara Falls 77 11.2%
Newburgh 78 11.2%
Syracuse 79 11.4%
Amsterdam 80 11.5%
Troy 81 11.6%
Lackawanna 82 12.0%
Utica 83 12.2%
Mount Vernon 84 12.6%
Spring Valley 85 13.2%
Gloversville 86 13.6%
Rochester 87 13.8%
Massena 88 14.7%
Poughkeepsie 89 14.8%
Fulton 90 15.0%
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