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 138,828 135,952 2.1%
North Dakota 407,825 398,828 2.2%
Minnesota 3,109,058 3,032,277 2.5%
United States 159,979,000 153,407,000 4.1%

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

 

Cass, Clay and Surrounding Counties
Labor Force
Employed Persons
Unemployment Rate
Becker, Minn. 19,240 18,736 2.6%
Clay, Minn. 36,436 35,527 2.5%
Norman, Minn. 3,452 3,334 3.4%
Wilkin, Minn. 3,660 3,577 2.3%
Barnes, N.D. 5,190 5,090 1.9%
Cass, N.D. 102,392 100,425 1.9%
Griggs, N.D. 1,077 1,056 1.9%
Ransom, N.D. 2,824 2,773 1.8%
Richland, N.D. 8,586 8,394 2.2%
Steele, N.D. 1,076 1,060 1.5%
Traill, N.D. 4,650 4,549 2.2%
Total 188,583 184,521

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