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 137,662 134,699 2.2%
North Dakota 400,585 392,012 2.2%
Minnesota 3,119,177 3,010,258 3.5%
United States 164,007000 158,504,000 3.4%

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

Cass, Clay and Surrounding Counties
Labor Force
Employed Persons
Unemployment Rate
Becker, Minn. 19,057 18,080 5.1%
Clay, Minn. 36,739 36,620 3.0%
Norman, Minn. 3,459 3,278 5.2%
Wilkin, Minn. 3,583 3,459 3.5%
Barnes, N.D. 5,240 5,132 2.1%
Cass, N.D. 100,923 99,079 1.8%
Griggs, N.D. 997 971 2.6%
Ransom, N.D. 2,815 2,770 1.6%
Richland, N.D. 8,553 8,401 1.8%
Steele, N.D. 949 933 1.7%
Traill, N.D. 4,365 4,279 2.0%

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