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 137,000
  • 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 138,588 136,041 1.8%
North Dakota 428,444 419,207 2.2%
Minnesota 2,974,717 2,879,207 3.2%
United States 159,783,000 152,335,000 4.7%

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

Cass, Clay, & Surrounding Counties Labor Market Non-Farm Labor Force Employed Persons Unemployment Rate
Becker, Minn. 18,118 17,545 3.2%
Clay, Minn. 35,683 34,786 2.5%
Norman, Minn. 3,363 3,247 3.4%
Wilkin, Minn. 3,821 3,739 2.1%
Barnes, N.D. 5,931 5,822 1.8%
Cass, N.D. 102,905 101,255 1.6%
Griggs, N.D. 1,238 1,212 2.1%
Ransom, N.D. 3,013 2,968 1.5%
Richland, N.D. 9,720 9,539 1.9%
Steele, N.D. 1,136 1,121 1.3%
Traill, N.D. 4,770 4,689 1.7%
Total/Average 189,698 185,923 2.1%

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