Rural Capital Area Unemployment Rate Ticks Up to 3.4% in January 2023
Mar 10, 2023
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area
CEDAR PARK, Texas ⎯ The unadjusted unemployment rate of the Rural Capital Area of Central Texas ticked up to 3.4 percent in January 2023, an increase from the 2.7 percent rate recorded in December 2022, according to figures released today by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The 3.4 percent unemployment rate in the nine-county Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) represented 21,919 residents seeking employment, with more than 30,079 online job postings across all industries.* The region’s unemployment rate remained below both the Texas (4.2 percent)** and national (3.9 percent)** rates, fueled by an employment recovery of 21,138 jobs filled across the region compared to the same time last year.
Within the WSRCA counties, Blanco recorded the lowest unemployment rate at 3.0 percent (up from 2.4 percent in December 2022), followed by Burnet and Williamson counties at 3.3 percent (up from 2.7 percent). Hays County came in at 3.4 percent unemployment (up from 2.7 percent), and Bastrop County was at 3.5 percent (up from 2.9 percent). Fayette and Lee counties were at 3.7 percent (up from 3.1 percent), and Caldwell County was at 3.8 percent (up from 3.0 percent). Llano County saw an unemployment rate of 4.0 percent in January (up from 3.3 percent in December).
For a deeper dive into regional unemployment claims by demographics, skills impact, and zip code, please visit TWC’s resources.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 are 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 offers professional development opportunities for early care and education providers. Child care assistance is available for families searching for work, those 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 tuition 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.
*Source: JobsEQ® - Online job postings across nine counties active from 1/02/2023 to 3/8/2023
**All unemployment rates listed are not seasonally adjusted.
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area is a nonprofit community partnership providing no-cost recruitment, employment services, and early-learning child care tuition scholarships to empower 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.