Labor Market

Fargo Moorhead’s labor market epitomizes the Midwestern work ethic. Local employers enjoy a stable base of employees with high productivity, low turnover and low absenteeism.

  • Total MSA population of approximately 230,000
  • Total MSA workforce of approximately 139,000

 

Local, State and National Labor Market
Labor Force
Employed Persons
Unemployment Rate
Fargo Moorhead MSA 139,420 136,862 1.8%
North Dakota 417,114 409,292 1.9%
Minnesota 3,071,661 2,982,294 2.9%
United States 161,050,000 154,494,000 4.1%

Source: Job Service N.D., Minn. DEED – Sept. 2017

 

Cass, Clay and Surrounding Counties
Labor Force
Employed Persons
Unemployment Rate
Becker, Minn. 18,473 17,950 2.8%
Clay, Minn. 36,369 35,417 2.6%
Norman, Minn. 3,328 3,218 3.3%
Wilkin, Minn. 3,622 3,534 2.4%
Barnes, N.D. 5,566 5,469 1.7%
Cass, N.D. 103,051 101,445 1.6%
Griggs, N.D. 1,170 1,142 2.4%
Ransom, N.D. 2,845 2,798 1.7%
Richland, N.D. 9,061 8,907 1.7%
Steele, N.D. 1,063 1,048 1.4%
Traill, N.D. 4,538 4,461 1.7%
Total/Average 189,086 185,389 2.1%

Source: Job Service N.D., Minn. DEED – Sept. 2017

 

 

Education Attainment
Percent of FM MSA, 25+
Less than 9th Grade 1.9%
9th Grade to 12th Grade, No Diploma 3.3%
High School Diploma (Includes equivalency) 20.5%
Some College, No Degree 21.5%
Associate’s Degree 13.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 27.9%
Graduate Degree and Higher 11.1%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2016 American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates