Rural Capital Area Unemployment Falls to 2.4% in April
May 17, 2019
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area
CEDAR PARK, Texas ⎯ The economy of the Rural Capital Area of Texas experienced another month of positive employment growth in April 2019, with 1,776 jobs added, according to figures released today by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The unemployment rate in the nine-county workforce development area dropped from 2.9 percent in March, down to 2.4 percent in April. The 2.4 percent unemployment rate represented 13,051 residents seeking employment. The region’s unemployment rate remained below both the Texas (3.0 percent)* and national (3.3 percent)* rates.
The Rural Capital Area’s 1.97 percent annual employment growth rate represented the addition of 10,222 jobs since April 2018.
Key Points by Industry for the Rural Capital Area, according to the most recent labor market data:
- The Education and Health Services Industry has experienced the greatest quarterly employment growth with an increase of 7.4 percent.
- Job gains were also experienced in the Professional and Business Services Industry (3.5 percent), the Trade, Transportation and Utilities Industry (3.1 percent), and the Natural Resources and Mining Industry (1.6 percent).
- The Information Services Industry in the Rural Capital Area experienced the greatest positive annual job growth with an increase of 8.0 percent.
- Significant positive annual job growth was also experienced in the Construction Industry (7.8 percent), the Manufacturing Industry (7.4 percent), and the Professional and Business Services Industry (5.8 percent).
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 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 www.workforcesolutionsrca.com.
*Unemployment rates listed are not seasonally adjusted.