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Rural Capital Area Unemployment Rate Steady at 2.9% in October

Nov 21, 2022
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WSRCA October 2022 Labor Market Report

CEDAR PARK, Texas ⎯ The unadjusted unemployment rate in the Rural Capital Area of Central Texas remained steady at 2.9 percent in October 2022, the same low rate recorded in September, with 4,753 jobs added, according to figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The 2.9 percent unemployment rate in the nine-county Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) represented 18,284 residents seeking employment, with more than 29,372 open jobs posted across all counties and industries.* The region’s unemployment in October remained below the Texas (3.8 percent)** and national (3.4 percent)** rates.

Within the WSRCA counties, Blanco recorded the lowest unemployment rate at 2.6 percent (up from 2.5 percent in September), followed by Hays and Williamson counties at 2.9 percent (Hays was unchanged from September, but Williamson is up from 2.8 percent). Burnet County was at 3.0 percent (up from 2.8 percent), while Bastrop, Caldwell, and Lee counties were at 3.2 percent (Bastrop and Caldwell were unchanged, but Lee’srate dropped from 3.3 percent). Fayette County was at 3.5 percent (up from 3.4 percent), and Llano County came in at 3.7 percent (up from 3.6 percent in September).

For a deeper dive into regional unemployment claims by demographics, skills impact, and zip code, please visit TWC’s resources.

Historically, for every dollar invested by WSRCA in workforce development programs, there is a return of $2.91 put back into the communities of the nine-county region from wages. For every dollar invested in early learning child care scholarships, there is a return of $1.19 put back into the local communities from job retention and additional earnings.

The WSRCA team is eager to help you find workforce solutions. Visit a Rural Capital Area career center near you to empower your workforce journey. Services are also available virtually to meet your immediate workforce needs. Utilize our Interactive Skill-Based Career Progression Lattices and work with our teams to develop a customized training plan to help enhance your skills and create sustainable career outcomes.

Are you looking for work? The Workforce Wednesdays Virtual Career Expo connects employers and job seekers at weekly online hiring events. Workforce Wednesdays represent a collective effort among Rural Capital Area communities and industries to empower our workforce through virtual interactive events. Employers looking to host free hiring booths and interview sessions should email the WSRCA Business Services Team at businessservices@ruralcapital.net.

There’s no better time to ramp up your skills and marketability for local careers in high-demand industries. Through our partnerships, WSRCA offers over 20,000 free online courses in various occupations through SkillUp Rural Capital, Metrix Learning, and LinkedIn Learning.

Early care and education is essential to the development of children. We understand that quality child care is expensive. Next to housing, child care is the largest expense in most families’ budgets. Through federal, state, and local funding, WSRCA’s Child Care Services Team provides Early-Learning Child Care Tuition Scholarships for eligible families and provides professional development opportunities for early care and education providers. Child care assistance is available for families searching for work, those who are working, and those looking to train for careers in high demand. Local child care providers are enrolling today; give your family the support and financial relief you need. You are not taking a spot from anyone else—apply today at https://bit.ly/childcarehelpnow.

Central Texans throughout the Rural Capital Area also have a new way to connect with customized workforce solutions from the convenience of their smartphones. The WSRCA Mobile App is a first of its kind in Central Texas. It seamlessly links Workforce Solutions customers with no-cost services for job seekers, employers, and families seeking early-learning child care assistance. The application’s rich feature set offers residents an all-in-one platform to engage with workforce center staff, explore upskilling tools, review workshop calendars, register for weekly hiring events, and apply for immediate jobs on WorkinTexas. Additional resources include access to Jobs Now Employer Spotlights, and WSRCA Customer Testimonials, with new value-driven content added to the application regularly. Anyone can download the easy-to-use application through the iOS App Store and the Google Play Marketplace.

We are proud to continue innovating our service offerings to maximize our ability to deliver customized and sustainable outcomes for you. 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.

*Source: JobsEQ® - Online job postings across nine counties active from 10/01/2022 to 11/18/2022

**All unemployment rates listed are not seasonally adjusted.


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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Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area serves 9 counties around the Austin, TX capital area:

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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