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Rural Capital Area Unemployment Rate Increased to 3.8% in February

Mar 26, 2024

CEDAR PARK, Texas ⎯ In February 2024, the unadjusted unemployment rate in the Rural Capital Area of Central Texas increased to 3.8 percent, according to data released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) today. This means that 3.8 percent of the workforce in the nine-county Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) were actively seeking employment, totaling 25,628 residents. Additionally, there were more than 22,031 job openings available online across various industries*.

Since February 2023, the local labor force has grown by 17,965 residents, with 16,357 of them successfully finding employment within the area. In February, the unemployment rates in the WSRCA counties were as follows:

  • Blanco: 3.1 percent (up from 2.9 percent in January)
  • Burnet: 3.5 percent (up from 3.3 percent in January)
  • Hays: 3.7 percent (up from 3.4 percent in January)
  • Lee County: 3.6 percent (up from 3.4 percent in January)
  • Williamson County: 3.9 percent (up from 3.6 percent in January)
  • Bastrop County: 3.7 percent (up from 3.4 percent in January)
  • Fayette County: 3.7 percent (up from 3.4 percent in January)
  • Caldwell: 3.9 percent (up from 3.7 percent in January)
  • Llano County: 4.2 percent (up from 3.7 percent in January)

In comparison to the statewide unemployment rate, which increased to 4.4 percent**, the region's unemployment figures in February remained lower. The statewide rate also increased with the national rate, which rose to 4.2 percent**.

For detailed information regarding regional unemployment claims based on demographics, skills impact, and specific zip codes, please refer to the resources provided by TWC.

The WSRCA team is here to assist you in finding workforce solutions. You can visit a nearby Rural Capital Area career center or access virtual services for immediate workforce needs. Take advantage of the Interactive Skill-Based Career Progression Lattices to create a personalized training plan and boost your skills for long-lasting career success.

If you're in search of employment, consider joining the Workforce Wednesdays Virtual Career Expo, where job seekers and employers connect on a weekly basis, or the Metro Area Job Fair which is held in person on the second Tuesday of each month at the Workforce Solutions of Williamson County Workforce Center in Round Rock. Employers interested in hosting hiring booths and interview sessions can reach out to the WSRCA Business Services Team at 

Elevate your skills and marketability for local high-demand careers through WSRCA's partnerships, which offer access to over 20,000 free online courses via SkillUp Rural Capital and LinkedIn Learning.

The WSRCA Child Care Services Team is available to provide eligible families with early-learning child care tuition scholarships and professional development opportunities. Child care assistance is open to job seekers, workers, and individuals undergoing training for high-demand careers. Enroll in local child care programs to receive support and financial relief. Apply today at:

For further information, visit WSRCA at, call toll-free at 1-844-344-2780, and start your job search at

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

*Source: JobsEQ® - Online job postings across nine counties active from 1/01/2024 to 2/31/2024

**All unemployment rates listed are not seasonally adjusted.


About Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area: Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) develops talent for employers by coaching Texans to employment. WSRCA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) community partnership providing comprehensive no-cost recruitment, employment services, and early-learning child care tuition scholarships to empower 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. WSRCA helps employers find quality candidates by providing candidate referrals, customized job training programs, job listings, job fair assistance, labor market information, testing and assessment, outplacement services, and layoff aversion strategies. WSRCA guides job seekers to find and retain employment by providing job referrals, job application assistance, job readiness and job search workshops, career exploration, child care assistance, unemployment insurance information, and GED assistance.

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