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Rural Capital Area Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly to 5.8% in November

Dec 18, 2020
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WSRCA November 2020 Labor Market Report

CEDAR PARK, Texas ⎯ The unadjusted unemployment rate in the Rural Capital Area of Central Texas increased slightly in November 2020, to 5.8 percent, from a pandemic low of 4.8 percent in October, according to figures released today by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The 5.8 percent unemployment rate in the nine-county Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) represented 32,768 residents seeking employment. The region’s unemployment rate remained below both the Texas (8.0 percent)* and national (6.4 percent)* rates.

Within the WSRCA counties, Blanco recorded the lowest unemployment rate at 4.0 percent in November, followed by Lee County at 5.1 percent, and Burnet County at 5.2 percent. Williamson County was at 5.7 percent, while Fayette County was at 5.9 percent. Hays County came in as 6.0 percent, Bastrop County was at 6.1 percent, while Caldwell and Llano counties were at 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.

“We are proud to continue to innovate our services to present new workforce opportunities for local businesses, families and job seekers,” said WSRCA CEO Paul Fletcher. “These are difficult times for our communities, but we’ll get through this together. By hosting virtual hiring events each week during Workforce Wednesdays, we are helping our fellow Texans find sustainable careers to support their families, all from the safety and convenience of their mobile device.”

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 more November labor market data.