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Workforce Solutions Capital Area Seeks Employer Feedback on Hiring Challenges

Survey is Hosted in Conjunction with the Austin Chamber

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AUSTIN – Workforce Solutions Capital Area (Workforce Solutions), in conjunction with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce (Austin Chamber), is partnering with The Graduate! Network to encourage Austin/Travis County-area businesses to complete the Bridging the Talent Gap employer survey by December 31. The survey is available at http://tiny.cc/BridgingTalentGapSurvey (full address: https://bridgingthetalentgap.org/austin-employer-survey).

The goal of the survey is to identify and address skill shortages and opportunities for public-private partnerships across our community. Local employers representing various industries will be asked to share the key challenges they face in attracting, retaining and upskilling the talent needed to grow their businesses.

“Our community is known as an economic powerhouse with low unemployment and a highly skilled workforce,” says Tamara Atkinson, Chief Executive Officer of Workforce Solutions Capital Area. “However, to maintain that positive reputation and momentum, it is becoming increasingly crucial for the voices of local employers to be clearly heard and reflected in new initiatives. Employers need to be both thought partners and the final ‘customers’ in the workforce development system.”

September 2018 Labor Market Update

Austin-Area Unemployment Drops to 2.9% in September

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Figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission today show the unemployment rate in the Austin-Round Rock MSA dropped from 3.0% in August 2018 to 2.9% in September 2018. The 2.9% unemployment rate represented 34,600 residents seeking employment. The region’s unemployment rate remained nearly one point below both the Texas (3.8%) and national (3.6%) rates.

The Austin-Round Rock MSA collectively added 4,800 jobs in September 2018. The region’s 3.1% annual growth rate represented the collective addition of 32,000 jobs since August 2017.

Further, unemployment in the Capital Area/Travis County also decreased from 2.9% in August 2018 to 2.8% in September 2018. The 2.8% unemployment rate represented 20,278 residents seeking employment. The Capital Area/Travis County unemployment rate remained below the overall Austin-Round Rock MSA, state of Texas and national rates.

August 2018 Labor Market Update

Austin-Area Unemployment Drops Back Down to 3.0% in August

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AUSTIN – Figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission today show the unemployment rate in the Austin-Round Rock MSA dropped from 3.1% in July 2018 to 3.0% in August 2018. The 3.0% unemployment rate represented 35,800 residents seeking employment. The region’s unemployment rate remained nearly one point below both the Texas (3.9%) and national (3.9%) rates.

The Austin-Round Rock MSA collectively added 3,900 jobs in August 2018. The region’s 3.3% annual growth rate represented the collective addition of 33,600 jobs since August 2017.

Further, unemployment in the Capital Area/Travis County also decreased from 3.0% in July 2018 to 2.9% in August 2018. The 2.9% unemployment rate represented 20,891 residents seeking employment. The Capital Area/Travis County unemployment rate remained below the overall Austin-Round Rock MSA, state of Texas and national rates.

July 2018 Labor Market Update

Austin-Area Unemployment Inches Down to 3.1% in July

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AUSTIN – Figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission today show the unemployment rate in the Austin-Round Rock MSA* dropped from 3.2% in June 2018 to 3.1% in July 2018. The 3.1% unemployment rate represented 36,600 residents seeking employment. The region’s unemployment rate remained significantly below both the Texas (4.0%)** and national (4.1%)** rates.

The Austin-Round Rock MSA collectively lost 13,800 jobs in July 2018. The region’s 2.9% annual growth rate represented the collective addition of 30,000 jobs since July 2017.

Further, unemployment in the Capital Area/Travis County*** also decreased from 3.1% in June 2018 to 3.0% in July 2018.  The 3.0% unemployment rate represented 21,275 residents seeking employment. The Capital Area/Travis County unemployment rate remained below the overall Austin-Round Rock MSA, state of Texas and national rates.

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