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 138,992 129,601 6.8%
North Dakota 403,634 368,779 8.6%
Minnesota 3,060,535 2,773,601 9.4%
United States 157,975,000 137,461,000 13.0%

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

Cass, Clay and Surrounding Counties
Labor Force
Employed Persons
Unemployment Rate
Becker, Minn. 20,171 18,598 7.8%
Clay, Minn. 34,834 33,566 3.6%
Norman, Minn. 3,355 3,132 6.6%
Wilkin, Minn. 3,494 3,378 3.3%
Barnes, N.D. 4,976 4,665 6.3%
Cass, N.D. 104,158 96,035 7.8%
Griggs, N.D. 984 943 4.2%
Ransom, N.D. 2,749 2,585 6.0%
Richland, N.D. 8,396 7,851 6.5%
Steele, N.D. 958 909 5.1%
Traill, N.D. 4,259 3,990 6.3%

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