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 215,000
  • Total MSA workforce of approximately 125,000
  • 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 129,365 126,165 2.5%
Minnesota 3,029,136 2,919,748 3.6%
North Dakota 416,687 405,055 2.8%
United States 157,719,000 149,349,000 5.3%

Source: Job Service N.D., Minn. DEED – May 2015

 

Cass, Clay, & Surrounding Counties Labor Market Non-Farm Labor Force Employed Persons Unemployment Rate
Becker, Minn. 18,260 17,527 4.0%
Clay, Minn. 36,274 35,191 3.0%
Norman, Minn. 3,539 3,382 4.4%
Wilkin, Minn. 3,817 3,687 3.4%
Barnes, N.D. 5,302 5,135 3.1%
Cass, N.D. 93,091 90,974 2.3%
Griggs, N.D. 1,166 1,138 2.4%
Ransom, N.D. 2,565 2,490 2.9%
Richland, N.D. 8,230 7,986 3.0%
Steele, N.D. 954 928 2.6%
Traill, N.D. 4,300 4,148 3.5%
Total 177,498 172,586 3.15%

Source: Job Service N.D., Minn. DEED – May 2015

 

Education Attainment Percent of Population, Age 25+
Less than High School 6.0
High School or Equivalent Only 25.2
Some College – more than 1 year, no degree 21.6
Associate Degree 12.2
Bachelor Degree 25.4
Graduate Degree 9.6