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 141,738 134,448 5.1%
North Dakota 409,533 383,514 6.4%
Minnesota 3,122,326 2,889,851 7.4%
United States 161,374,000 144,492,000 10.5%

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

Cass, Clay and Surrounding Counties
Labor Force
Employed Persons
Unemployment Rate
Becker, Minn. 19,347 18,240 5.7%
Clay, Minn. 36,046 34,289 4.9%
Norman, Minn. 3,422 3,207 6.3%
Wilkin, Minn. 3,584 3,428 4.4%
Barnes, N.D. 5,008 4,772 4.7%
Cass, N.D. 105,692 100,159 5.2%
Griggs, N.D. 994 959 3.5%
Ransom, N.D. 2,752 2,641 4.0%
Richland, N.D. 8,305 7,959 4.2%
Steele, N.D. 964 923 4.3%
Traill, N.D. 4,289 4,095 4.5%

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