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Rural Capital Area Adds 3,925 Jobs in September, Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.8%

Oct 18, 2019
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area

CEDAR PARK, Texas ⎯ The economy of the Rural Capital Area of Central Texas saw positive employment growth in September 2019, with 3,925 jobs added, according to figures released today by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The unadjusted unemployment rate in the nine-county workforce development area dropped from 2.9 percent in August, down to 2.8 percent in September. The 2.8 percent unemployment rate represented 15,141 residents seeking employment. The region’s unemployment rate remained below the Texas and national rates, which both came in at 3.3 percent*.

The Rural Capital Area’s 1.75 percent annual growth rate represents the addition of 9,118 jobs since September 2018.

Within the Rural Capital Area counties, Blanco recorded the lowest unemployment rate at 2.3 percent in September. Fayette County’s unemployment rate was at 2.5 percent, Burnet and Lee counties were at 2.7 percent, Hays and Williamson were at 2.8 percent, Bastrop was at 2.9 percent, Llano was at 3.2, and Caldwell County came in at 3.3 percent.

“We continue to see record low unemployment across our region, which helps us work with employers to hire workers of all abilities, ages and backgrounds, who have not historically been at the forefront of recruiting,” said Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area CEO Paul Fletcher. “We’re proud to empower our local businesses to build a strong workforce pipeline to grow their operations, and to up skill our talented workforce to meet the high-demand for these targeted careers.”

Employment estimates released by TWC are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. All estimates are subject to revision. To access this and more employment data, visit

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area is a nonprofit community partnership providing no cost recruitment, employment services and child care assistance, to businesses and job seekers in the Rural Capital Area of central Texas. This nine-county region includes Bastrop; Blanco; Burnet; Caldwell; Fayette; Hays; Lee; Llano; and Williamson counties. For more details on WSRCA, and the services it offers, visit

*All unemployment rates listed are not seasonally adjusted.

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