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 136,000
  • 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 136,424 133,413 2.2%
Minnesota 3,042,881 2,941,755 3.3%
North Dakota 419,575 407,722 2.8%
United States 158,800,000 151,594,000 4.5%

Source: Job Service N.D., Minn. DEED – May 2016

Cass, Clay, & Surrounding Counties Labor Market Non-Farm Labor Force Employed Persons Unemployment Rate
Becker, Minn. 18,878 18,212 3.5%
Clay, Minn. 36,281 35,263 2.8%
Norman, Minn. 3,358 3,219 4.1%
Wilkin, Minn. 3,677 3,577 2.7%
Barnes, N.D. 5,921 5,676 4.1%
Cass, N.D. 100,143 98,150 2.0%
Griggs, N.D. 1,201 1,175 2.2%
Ransom, N.D. 2,887 2,824 2.2%
Richland, N.D. 9,151 8,938 2.3%
Steele, N.D. 1,122 1,098 2.1%
Traill, N.D. 4,614 4,490 2.7%
Total 187,233 182,622 2.5% (Average)

Source: Job Service N.D., Minn. DEED – May 2016

Education Attainment Percent of Population, Age 25+
Less than High School 11%
High School or Equivalent Only 26%
Some College – more than 1 year, no degree 17%
Associate Degree 14%
Bachelor Degree 26%
Graduate Degree 12%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates