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 138,350 133,860 3.2%
North Dakota 407,849 393,996 3.4%
Minnesota 3,087,785 2,963,626 4.0%
United States 160,037,000 152,848,000 4.5%

Source: Job Service N.D., Minn. DEED – January 2018

 

Cass, Clay and Surrounding Counties
Labor Force
Employed Persons
Unemployment Rate
Becker, Minn. 19,041 17,947 5.7%
Clay, Minn. 36,036 34,557 4.1%
Norman, Minn. 3,355 3,129 6.7%
Wilkin, Minn. 3,510 3,368 4.0%
Barnes, N.D. 5,283 5,114 3.2%
Cass, N.D. 102,314 99,303 2.9%
Griggs, N.D. 1,070 1,038 3.0%
Ransom, N.D. 2,786 2,709 2.8%
Richland, N.D. 8,547 8,255 3.4%
Steele, N.D. 1,059 1,031 2.6%
Traill, N.D. 4,592 4,440 3.3%
Total/Average 187,593 180,891 3.8%

Source: Job Service N.D., Minn. DEED – January 2018

 

 

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