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Rural Capital Area Unemployment Rate Ticks Up to 3.4% in January

Mar 11, 2022
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area

WSRCA Jan 2022 Labor Market Report

CEDAR PARK, Texas ⎯ The unadjusted unemployment rate of the Rural Capital Area of Central Texas ticked up to 3.4 percent in January 2022, a slight increase from the 3.0 percent rate recorded in December 2021, 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 20,969 residents seeking employment, with more than 27,000 full-time jobs still left to be filled across all industries.* The region’s unemployment rate remained below both the Texas (4.8 percent)** and national (4.4 percent)** rates, fueled by an employment recovery of 38,717 jobs filled across the region since January 2021.

All counties within the Rural Capital Area region saw minimal unemployment rate increases in January. Among them, Blanco County recorded the lowest unemployment rate at 3.0 percent (up from 2.5 percent in December), followed by Burnet County at 3.3 percent (up from 2.8 percent), and Williamson County at 3.3 percent (up from 2.9 percent). Hays County was at 3.5 percent (up from 3.0 percent), while Fayette and Lee counties were both at 3.8 percent (up from 3.3 percent). Bastrop County came in at 3.8 percent (up from 3.3 percent), Caldwell County was at 4.1 percent (up from 3.5 percent), and Llano County was at 4.3 percent (up from 3.8 percent).

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 and continue to help the region compete globally.

Employers looking to host free hiring booths and interview sessions should email the WSRCA Business Services Team at

There’s no better time to ramp up your skills and marketability for local careers in high-demand industries. Through our partnerships, WSRCA offers more than 20,000 free online courses in various occupations through SkillUp Rural Capital, Metrix Learning, LinkedIn Learning, and the Dynamic Works Institute’s 5-Minute Countdown Series.

Work in the service industry and need child care assistance? The Service Industry Recovery Child Care Program offers 12 months of paid child care tuition scholarships for eligible workers employed in the Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Accommodation, Food Services, and Retail Trade industries. Learn more and apply today at

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, 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

*Source: JobsEQ® - Online job postings across nine counties active from 1/01/2022 to 3/09/2022

**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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