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February 2019 Labor Market Update

Austin-Area Unemployment Drops to 3.0% in February

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AUSTIN – Figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission today show the unemployment rate in the Austin-Round Rock MSA* decreased to 3.0% in February 2019. The 3.0% unemployment rate represented 36,542 residents seeking employment. The region’s unemployment rate remained nearly one point below both the Texas (3.9%) and national (4.1%) rates.

The Austin-Round Rock MSA collectively added 10,505 jobs in February 2019. The region’s 2.3% annual growth rate represented the collective addition of 23,800 jobs since February 2018.

Further, unemployment in the Capital Area/Travis County fell to 2.9% from January 2019 through February 2019. The 2.9% unemployment rate represented 21,158 residents seeking employment. The Capital Area/Travis County unemployment rate remained below the overall Austin-Round Rock MSA, state of Texas and national rates.

Workforce Solutions Capital Area Receives Grant to Support Youth Employment from the Schultz Family Foundation

Workforce Solutions Capital Area one of only 10 communities across the country to receive this grant

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AUSTIN – Workforce Solutions Capital Area has received a $20,000 grant from the National Philanthropic Trust, as recommended by the Schultz Family Foundation. These funds will support the Austin Opportunity Youth Collaborative’s (AOYC) ongoing work to engage Opportunity Youth in meaningful employment pathways. Selected on the basis of our commitment and progress toward creating employment pathways, Workforce Solutions Capital Area was one of only 10 communities across the country to receive this grant.

The Austin Opportunity Youth Collaborative is a consortium of Travis County/Austin-area community groups, who together represent a long history of providing coordinated services to youth ages 16 to 24 who are not sufficiently engaged in education and employment. This is typically due to systemic barriers that the collaborative is identifying and addressing.

“The support of this grant will increase the effectiveness of AOYC’s efforts to create the positive systems-level changes necessary to create success for Opportunity Youth in our community,” said Tamara Atkinson, Chief Executive Officer at Workforce Solutions Capital Area. “With this opportunity, we and our AOYC partners will accelerate employment pathway growth and success for youth, amplify data collection and analysis, and create new intervention opportunities.”

January 2019 Labor Market Update

Austin-Area Unemployment Rises to 3.3% in January

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AUSTIN – Figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission today show the unemployment rate in the Austin-Round Rock MSA increased to 3.3% in January 2019. The 3.3% unemployment rate represented 40,161 residents seeking employment. The region’s unemployment rate remained nearly one point below both the Texas (4.2%) and national (4.4%) rates.

The Austin-Round Rock MSA collectively lost 11,600 jobs in January 2019. The region’s 2.6% annual growth rate represented the collective addition of 27,100 jobs since January 2018.

Further, unemployment in the Capital Area/Travis County rose to 3.2% from December 2018 through January 2019. The 3.2% unemployment rate represented 23,330 residents seeking employment. The Capital Area/Travis County unemployment rate remained below the overall Austin- Round Rock MSA, state of Texas and national rates.

Austin’s Middle School Students Can Discover Career Opportunities at Healthcare Career Awareness Expo in March

Expo will provide students with valuable opportunities to speak with employers, current students from Career and Technical Education programs and colleges, and learn about local education opportunities

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AUSTIN – Workforce Solutions Capital Area (Workforce Solutions) has partnered with Austin Independent School District (AISD) and the Central Texas Healthcare Partnership (CTHP) to host a Healthcare Career Awareness Expo for middle school students in Austin on March 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Clifton Career Development School (1519 Coronado Hills Dr, Austin, TX 78752).

The expo will provide students with valuable opportunities to speak with employers, current students from Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and colleges, as well as learn about local education opportunities. The Austin community can follow the event online by using the hashtag #Future512.

Healthcare is a key economic sector in the Austin/Travis County area. The demand from local healthcare providers continues to grow for occupations such as medical assistants, surgical technologists, and middle-skill nurses (licensed vocational and associate degree RN).

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