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 137,000
  • 95% of existing Fargo Moorhead employers rate their employees’ productivity as good or excellent
Local, State, & National Labor Market Non-Farm Labor Force Employed Persons Unemployment Rate
Fargo Moorhead MSA 137,180 133,494 2.7%
Minnesota 3,049,405 2,927,697 4.0%
North Dakota 428,629 413,836 3.5%
United States 160,135,000 151,990,000 5.1%

Source: Job Service N.D., Minn. DEED – June 2016

Cass, Clay, & Surrounding Counties Labor Market Non-Farm Labor Force Employed Persons Unemployment Rate
Becker, Minn. 19,085 18,269 4.3%
Clay, Minn. 36,036 34,735 3.6%
Norman, Minn. 3,396 3,217 5.3%
Wilkin, Minn. 3,695 3,562 3.6%
Barnes, N.D. 5,978 5,733 4.1%
Cass, N.D. 101,144 98,759 2.4%
Griggs, N.D. 1,256 1,222 2.7%
Ransom, N.D. 3,010 2,931 2.6%
Richland, N.D. 9,360 9,067 3.1%
Steele, N.D. 1,192 1,164 2.3%
Traill, N.D. 4,692 4,513 3.8%
Total 188,844 183,172 3.1% (Average)

Source: Job Service N.D., Minn. DEED – June 2016

Education Attainment Percent of Population, Age 25+
Less than High School 11%
High School or Equivalent Only 26%
Some College – more than 1 year, no degree 17%
Associate Degree 14%
Bachelor Degree 26%
Graduate Degree 12%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates