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 135,815 132,505 2.4%
Minnesota 3,014,732 2,927,093 3.8%
North Dakota 415,345 402,134 3.2%
United States 158,488,000 151,075,000 4.7%

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

Cass, Clay, & Surrounding Counties Labor Market Non-Farm Labor Force Employed Persons Unemployment Rate
Becker, Minn. 18,530 17,588 5.1%
Clay, Minn. 37,058 35,961 3.0%
Norman, Minn. 3,714 3,542 4.6%
Wilkin, Minn. 3,893 3,781 2.9%
Barnes, N.D. 4,966 4,826 2.8%
Cass, N.D. 94,932 92,898 2.1%
Griggs, N.D. 1,101 1,072 2.6%
Ransom, N.D. 2,367 2,311 2.4%
Richland, N.D. 7,834 7,610 2.9%
Steele, N.D. 865 8,47 2.1%
Traill, N.D. 4,019 3,908 2.8%
Total 179,279 173,497 3.03% (Average)

Source: Job Service N.D., Minn. DEED – December 2015

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