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 142,370 138,107 3.9%
North Dakota 397,281 380,857 4.1%
Minnesota 3,034,412 2,917,395 3.9%
United States 160,468,000 150,203,000 6.4%

Source: Job Service N.D., Minn. DEED – November 2020, numbers not seasonally adjusted

Cass, Clay and Surrounding Counties
Labor Force
Employed Persons
Unemployment Rate
Becker, Minn. 18,921 18,205 3.8%
Clay, Minn. 36,047 35,052 2.8%
Norman, Minn. 3,270 3,145 3.8%
Wilkin, Minn. 3,491 3,384 3.1%
Barnes, N.D. 5,058 4,921 2.7%
Cass, N.D. 106,323 103,055 3.1%
Griggs, N.D. 987 957 3.0%
Ransom, N.D. 2,812 2,730 2.9%
Richland, N.D. 8,345 8,112 2.8%
Steele, N.D. 906 883 2.5%
Traill, N.D. 4,394 4,284 2.5%

Source: Job Service N.D., Minn. DEED – November 2020, numbers not seasonally adjusted