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Rural Capital Area Economy Rounds Out 2020 With 5.1% Unemployment Rate, Jobs Added in December

Jan 22, 2021
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area

WSRCA December Labor Market Release

CEDAR PARK, Texas ⎯ The unadjusted unemployment rate of the Rural Capital Area of Central Texas rounded out 2020 by dropping to 5.1 percent in December, down from 5.8 percent in November, with 3,604 jobs added, according to figures released today by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The 5.1 percent unemployment rate in the nine-county Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) represented 28,870 residents seeking employment. The region’s unemployment rate remained below both the Texas (7.1 percent)* and national (6.5 percent)* rates.

All counties within the Rural Capital Area region saw unemployment rate drops in December. Among them, Blanco County recorded the lowest unemployment rate at 3.8 percent (down from 4.0 percent in November), followed by Lee County at 4.5 percent (down from 5.1 percent), and Burnet County at 4.7 percent (down from 5.2 percent). Williamson County was at 5.0 percent (down from 5.7 percent), while Hays County was at 5.2 percent (down from 6.0 percent). Bastrop and Fayette counties were at 5.3 percent (down from 6.1 percent and 5.9 percent, respectively), while Caldwell County was at 5.8 percent (down from 6.5 percent) and Llano County was at 6.0 percent (down from 6.5 percent).

The WSRCA team is eager to help you find workforce solutions and offers curbside and in-center assistance by appointment. Services continue to be available virtually. Utilize our Skill-Based Career Progression Lattices and work with our teams to develop a customized training plan to help you enhance your skills and create sustainable career outcomes.

Looking for work? The Workforce Wednesdays Virtual Career Expo connects employers and job seekers at weekly online hiring events. Workforce Wednesdays represents a collective effort among Rural Capital Area communities and industries to empower their workforce through virtual interactive events and continue to help the region compete at a global level.

Employers looking to host free hiring booths and interview sessions should email the WSRCA Business Services Team at businessservices@ruralcapital.net, or visit https://ruralcapitalarea.getyourbooth.com.

For those looking to upskill, our partners at TWC have begun offering free online training courses for all Texans through Metrix Learning’s Skillsoft courseware. When combined with the 16,000-plus virtual courses WSRCA offers through LinkedIn Learning as well as Academy, there’s no better time to ramp up your skills and marketability for local careers in high-demand industries.

For more information please visit WSRCA at www.workforcesolutionsrca.com, call toll free, at 1-844-344-2780, and begin your job search on www.workintexas.com.

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 texaslmi.com.

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area is a nonprofit community partnership providing no cost recruitment, employment services and childcare assistance, to businesses, employers, 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 www.workforcesolutionsrca.com.

*All unemployment rates listed are not seasonally adjusted. 

Click for a printable version of this release and additional December 2020 labor market data. 

Llano County, City of Llano Burnet County, City of Burnet Williamson County, City of Georgetown Lee County, city of Giddings Fayette County, city of LaGrange Bastrop County, city of Bastrop Caldwell County, city of Lockhart Hays County, City of San Marcos Blanco County, City of Johnson City

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Bastrop County, Hays County, Blanco County, Burnet County, Caldwell County, Fayette County, Lee County, Llano County, Williamson County, and Burnet County - Marble Falls

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