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 138,184 134,746 2.5%
North Dakota 412,643 401,655 2.7%
Minnesota 3,133,128 3,027,151 3.4%
United States 164,120,000 157,828,000 3.8%

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

Cass, Clay and Surrounding Counties
Labor Force
Employed Persons
Unemployment Rate
Becker, Minn. 19,416 18,736 3.5%
Clay, Minn. 36,188 34,990 3.3%
Norman, Minn. 3,525 3,353 4.9%
Wilkin, Minn. 3,676 3,543 3.6%
Barnes, N.D. 5,386 5,143 4.5%
Cass, N.D. 101,996 99,756 2.2%
Griggs, N.D. 1,058 1,027 2.9%
Ransom, N.D. 2,933 2,876 1.9%
Richland, N.D. 8,888 8,648 2.7%
Steele, N.D. 1,014 986 2.8%
Traill, N.D. 4,456 4,291 3.7%

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