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Grand Forks labor market

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  35,540 53,199
Number Employed  34,517 51.490
Number Unemployed  1,023 1,709
Unemployment Rate  2.9% 3.2%
     
Source: Job Service ND, May 2014. 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 55,900 -1.2% 466,500 4.5%
Mining, Logging, Construction 3,200 6.7% 66,900 11.8%
Manufacturing 3,500 -2.8% 25,300 -1.2%
Wholesale Trade 2,000 -4.8% 27,000 5.9%
Retail Trade 8,200 2.5% 48,500 4.9%
Transportation, Warehousing, Utilities 1,900 -5.0% 25,900 12%
Information 600 0.0% 6,800 0.0%
Financial Activities 1,700 0.0% 22,700 7.0%
Professional & Business Services 2,800 -3.4% 34,200 1.8%
Education & Health Services 9,800 1.0% 58,800 0.5%
Leisure & Hospitality 6,000 1.7% 39,100 6.1%
Other Services 2,100 0.0% 16,500 -0.0%
Government 14,100 -6.0% 82,300 0.6%
  May 2014 Y/Y change May 2014 Y/Y change
Source: Job Service ND Jobs Report 

Wage Statistics

 
Grand Forks MSA
North Dakota
Total Avg. Employment 41,437 438,565
Avg. per/hr. wage $19.70 $24.50
Avg. annual wage $40,976 $50,960
Source: Job Service ND. 4th Qtr. 2014    

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.