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 139,151 135,765 2.4%
North Dakota 409,589 398,800 2.6%
Minnesota 3,066,881 2,964,896 3.3%
United States 159,880,000 153,602,000 3.9%

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

 

Cass, Clay and Surrounding Counties
Labor Force
Employed Persons
Unemployment Rate
Becker, Minn. 18,895 17,969 4.9%
Clay, Minn. 36,414 35,302 3.1%
Norman, Minn. 3,436 3,263 5.0%
Wilkin, Minn. 3,907 3,796 2.8%
Barnes, N.D. 5,356 5,234 2.3%
Cass, N.D. 102,737 100,463 2.2%
Griggs, N.D. 1,070 1,044 2.4%
Ransom, N.D. 2,765 2,705 2.2%
Richland, N.D. 8,907 8,682 2.5%
Steele, N.D. 1,000 985 1.5%
Traill, N.D. 4,408 4,297 2.5%
Total/Average 188,895 183,740 2.9%

Source: Job Service N.D., Minn. DEED – December 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