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 141,795 135,761 4.3%
North Dakota 400,257 378,884 5.3%
Minnesota 3,018,335 2,880,614 4.6%
United States 160,008,000 149,522,000 6.6%

Source: Job Service N.D., Minn. DEED – February 2021, numbers not seasonally adjusted

Cass, Clay and Surrounding Counties
Labor Force
Employed Persons
Unemployment Rate
Becker, Minn. 18,122 17,138 5.4%
Clay, Minn. 36,270 34,849 3.9%
Norman, Minn. 3,090 2,913 5.7%
Wilkin, Minn. 3,269 3,139 4.0%
Barnes, N.D. 5,212 4,984 4.4%
Cass, N.D. 105,525 100,912 4.4%
Griggs, N.D. 988 947 4.1%
Ransom, N.D. 2,817 2,717 3.5%
Richland, N.D. 8,467 8,138 3.9%
Steele, N.D. 913 875 4.2%
Traill, N.D. 4,476 4,304 3.8%

Source: Job Service N.D., Minn. DEED – February 2021 , numbers not seasonally adjusted