Overall unemployment rate moved up to 2.7% with the biggest shift in Business Services, which lost 400 roles, based on the most recently available information published in April 2022.

Total employment in the Fargo, ND-MN market declined by 2,215 jobs in March and the unemployment rate increased compared to the prior month by 30 bps to 2.7%. The national unemployment rate decreased by 39 bps over the same time to 3.8%.

  • Fargo, ND-MN unemployment rate is 105 bps below the national rate which is a positive sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 110 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in March versus prior month by 6.9% and are up compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Fargo, ND-MN Unemployment March 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs declined by -0.6%. Key sectors include:

  • Transportation & Utilities: 30,800; -200
  • Education & Healthcare: 27,900; no change
  • Government: 19,700; -100
  • Business Services: 15,200; -400
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 12,600; no change
  • Financial Services: 11,300; -200
  • Manufacturing: 10,400; no change
  • Construction, Mining: 7,700; no change
  • Other Jobs: 4,900; +100
  • IT & Development: 2,800; no change
Fargo, ND-MN Unemployment by Industry March 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through March 2022 (Data published April 2022 and reports created on April 27, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.