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Rural Capital Area Unemployment Rate Falls to Pandemic Low of 4.9% in October

Nov 20, 2020
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area

CEDAR PARK, Texas ⎯ The unadjusted unemployment rate in the Rural Capital Area of Central Texas has shrunk from a high of 11.5 percent during the worst stages of the coronavirus pandemic in April, to a low of 4.9 percent in October 2020, according to figures released today by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The 4.9 percent unemployment rate in the nine-county Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) represented 27,446 residents seeking employment. The region’s unemployment rate remained below both the Texas (6.7 percent)* and national (6.6 percent)* rates.

Within the WSRCA counties, Blanco recorded the lowest unemployment rate at 3.4 percent in October. Burnet and Lee counties came in at 4.2 percent. Fayette County was at 4.5 percent, while Williamson County was at 4.8 percent. Llano and Hays counties were at 5.1 percent, Bastrop County was at 5.2 percent, while Caldwell County was at 5.4 percent.

“The recovery of our Rural Capital Area economy is being fueled by innovative local employers tapping into the talents of our world-class workforce,” said WSRCA CEO Paul Fletcher. “We are proud to play an important role in job matching and upskilling our workforce to meet the needs of industry, and to help our communities find sustainable solutions through this difficult moment, to strengthen opportunities for Central Texas families.”

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.

TWC has also 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, call toll free, at 1-844-344-2780, and begin your job search on

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 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

*All unemployment rates listed are not seasonally adjusted.

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