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 137,424 134,461 2.2%
North Dakota 427,064 416,683 2.4%
Minnesota 2,982,038 2,881,593 3.4%
United States 159,636,000 151,977,000 4.8%

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

Cass, Clay, & Surrounding Counties Labor Market Non-Farm Labor Force Employed Persons Unemployment Rate
Becker, Minn. 18,149 17,494 3.6%
Clay, Minn. 35,389 34,411 2.8%
Norman, Minn. 3,175 3,048 4.0%
Wilkin, Minn. 3,576 3,486 2.5%
Barnes, N.D. 5,978 5,733 4.1%
Cass, N.D. 102,035 100,050 1.9%
Griggs, N.D. 1,275 1,246 2.3%
Ransom, N.D. 3,033 2,979 1.8%
Richland, N.D. 9,612 9,394 2.3%
Steele, N.D. 1,172 1,150 1.9%
Traill, N.D. 4,791 4,689 2.1%
Total 188,185 183,680 2.7% (Average)

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