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Fargo, North Dakota Job Growth

There were 143,900 jobs in Fargo, North Dakota in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 138,225 employed persons for the month. Fargo added 1,200 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 394 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Fargo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 143,900 +1,200 +11,600
CPS 138,225 +394 +7,431

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 2,700 jobs have been lost in Fargo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 128,500 in April 2020, Fargo has gained 15,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in May 2021 for Fargo is at a new high of 138,225.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Fargo, North Dakota Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 143,900 1,200 138,225 394
April 2021 142,700 -200 137,831 123
March 2021 142,900 2,100 137,708 1,656
February 2021 140,800 -300 136,052 68
January 2021 141,100 1,100 135,984 -1,359
December 2020 140,000 1,500 137,343 276
November 2020 138,500 -900 137,067 322
October 2020 139,400 700 136,745 366
September 2020 138,700 800 136,379 598
August 2020 137,900 1,600 135,781 999
July 2020 136,300 2,000 134,782 1,604
June 2020 134,300 2,000 133,178 2,384