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 124,877 121,318 2.9%
Minnesota 2,985,228 2,876,012 3.7%
North Dakota 413,341 401,641 2.8%
United States 155,521,000 147,190,000 5.4%

Source: Job Service N.D., Minn. DEED – December 2014

 

Cass, Clay, & Surrounding Counties Labor Market Non-Farm Labor Force Employed Persons Unemployment Rate
Becker, Minn. 18,000 17,118 4.9%
Clay, Minn. 35,843 34,730 3.1%
Norman, Minn. 3,598 3,440 4.4%
Wilkin, Minn. 3,857 3,732 3.2%
Barnes, N.D. 5,752 5,579 3.0%
Cass, N.D. 89,034 86,588 2.7%
Griggs, N.D. 1,172 1,135 3.2%
Ransom, N.D. 2,627 2,552 2.9%
Richland, N.D. 8,162 7,897 3.2%
Steele, N.D. 1,054 1,028 2.5%
Traill, N.D. 3,784 3,656 3.4%
Total 172,883 167,455 3.1%

Source: Job Service N.D., Minn. DEED – December 2014

 

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