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Fargo, North Dakota Job Growth

There were 140,800 jobs in Fargo, North Dakota in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 136,434 employed persons for the month. Fargo lost 300 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 187 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Fargo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 140,800 -300 -5,800
CPS 136,434 +187 -67

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Fargo, North Dakota Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Fargo as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Fargo, North Dakota

CES employment for Fargo peaked in February 2020 at 146,600. Since then 5,800 jobs have been lost in Fargo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 128,500 in April 2020, Fargo has gained 12,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 139,255 for Fargo in December 2020. 2,821 jobs have been lost in Fargo since then according to the household survey. From a January 2021 low of 136,247, Fargo has added 187 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Fargo, North Dakota Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 140,800 -300 136,434 187
January 2021 141,100 1,100 136,247 -3,008
December 2020 140,000 1,500 139,255 1,896
November 2020 138,500 -900 137,359 349
October 2020 139,400 700 137,010 204
September 2020 138,700 800 136,806 3,252
August 2020 137,900 1,600 133,554 354
July 2020 136,300 2,000 133,200 410
June 2020 134,300 2,000 132,790 4,468
May 2020 132,300 3,800 128,322 219
April 2020 128,500 -17,800 128,103 -8,576
March 2020 146,300 -300 136,679 178