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Grand Forks Region Labor Market

The Grand Forks Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes Grand Forks (N.D.) County and Polk County in Minnesota. The Grand Forks Region EDC is committed to on-going workforce recruitment and retention initiatives throughout the region, ensuring you have continued access to qualified employee candidates. 

Employment

  Grand Forks County Grand Forks MSA
Civilian Labor Force  34,698 52,055
Number Employed  33,523 49,998
Number Unemployed  1,175 2,057
Unemployment Rate  3.4% 4.0%
     
Source: Job Service ND, July 2013. Not seasonally adjusted
In addition to the recorded civilian labor force, within an hour's drive of Grand Forks are more than 50,000 post-secondary education students who may be available to fill internship and employment positions.   

Industry Employment Distribution

  Grand Forks MSA % change North Dakota % change
Total Employment 54,000 1.1% 443,000 3.2%
Mining, Logging, Construction 3,600 2.9% 30,700 18.1%
Manufacturing 3,500 0% 35,900 7.2%
Wholesale Trade 2,100 0.0% 26,500 3.1%
Retail Trade 8,200 3.8% 47,900 1.7%
Transportation, Warehousing, Utilities 2,100 16.7% 25,900 3.2%
Information 600 0.0% 6,900 -1.4%
Financial Activities 1,700 0.0% 23,600 7.3%
Professional & Business Services 2,900 -6.5% 35,800 6.9%
Education & Health Services 9,700 2.1% 58,600 1.0%
Leisure & Hospitality 5,800 0.0% 39,000 0.3%
Other Services 2,000 5.3% 15,200 -6.2%
Government 11,800 -1.7% 71,200 1.1%
  July 2013 since
July 2012
July 2013 since
July 2013
Source: Job Service ND Jobs Report 

Wage Statistics

  Grand Forks MSA North Dakota
Total Avg. Employment 39,722 412,303
Avg. per/hr. wage $17.85 $22.13
Avg. annual wage $37,128 $46,020
Source: Job Service ND. 1st Quarter 2013    

Unions

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in North Dakota the total number of members of a labor union or an employee association similar to a union totalled 21,000 in the last reported year, 2009. The percentage of total employed persons was 6.8 percent.

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