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 138,433 135,609 2.0%
North Dakota 409,346 400,317 2.2%
Minnesota 3,130,150 3,036,202 3.0%
United States 164,019,000 157,816,000 3.8%

Source: Job Service N.D., Minn. DEED – August 2019

Cass, Clay and Surrounding Counties
Labor Force
Employed Persons
Unemployment Rate
Becker, Minn. 19,632 19,090 2.8%
Clay, Minn. 36,033 35,070 2.7%
Norman, Minn. 3,335 3,209 3.8%
Wilkin, Minn. 3,548 3,428 3.4%
Barnes, N.D. 5,218 5,004 4.1%
Cass, N.D. 102,400 100,539 1.8%
Griggs, N.D. 1,043 1,019 2.3%
Ransom, N.D. 2,899 2,851 1.7%
Richland, N.D. 8,745 8,555 2.2%
Steele, N.D. 973 952 2.2%
Traill, N.D. 4,366 4,251 2.6%

Source: Job Service N.D., Minn. DEED – August 2019