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Workforce Solutions Capital Area Selected to Lead Outcomes Rate Card Development with Social Finance in Austin

Outcomes rate cards are a menu of desired outcomes and their associated value, and are used to standardize performance-based financing

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AUSTIN – Workforce Solutions Capital Area has been selected as an awardee for the Outcomes Rate Card Development competition led by Social Finance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing capital to drive social progress, and will participate in developing some of the first outcomes rate cards in the nation.

Workforce Solutions Capital Area will receive technical assistance from Social Finance for 12 months to plan, design, and execute an outcomes rate card that targets educational and employment outcomes in Austin and Travis County. Services will target residents of low-to-moderate income to improve limited education and language skills, credential completion, job placement, retention, and earnings.

“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Social Finance in this year-long project,” says Tamara Atkinson, Chief Executive Officer of Workforce Solutions Capital Area.

April 2018 Labor Market Update

Austin-Area Unemployment Drops Below 3.0% in April

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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 March 2018 to 2.8% in April 2018. The 2.8% unemployment rate represented 32,800 residents seeking employment. The region’s unemployment rate remained significantly below both the Texas (3.8%) and national (3.7%) rates.

The Austin-Round Rock MSA collectively added 4,100 jobs in April 2018. The region’s 3.5% annual growth rate represented the collective addition of 36,300 jobs since April 2017.

Further, unemployment in the Capital Area/Travis County also dropped from 3.0% in March 2018 to 2.7% in April 2018. The 2.7% unemployment rate represented 19,244 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 Recognized for Commitment to Hiring Veterans with “We Hire Vets” Award

Today, 25 percent of Workforce Solutions Capital Area Board employees are veterans

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AUSTIN – Workforce Solutions Capital Area has earned recognition for committing to hiring veterans with the “We Hire Vets” award from the Texas Workforce Commission. Today, 25 percent of Workforce Solutions Capital Area Board employees are veterans.

“We are honored to be the first workforce board in the state of Texas to receive this recognition, and we value the integrity, hard work and respect of our team members who have served in uniform,” said Tamara Atkinson, Chief Executive Officer of Workforce Solutions Capital Area. “Our veteran team member’s dedication to service continues today in their day-to-day work serving communities in the Austin and Travis County area.”

Workforce Solutions Capital Area Board’s veteran employees served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Air Force Reserve, and have a combined 39 years of service.

March 2018 Labor Market Update

Austin-Area Unemployment Slightly Increases in March

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Figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission today show the unemployment rate in the Austin-Round Rock MSA increased slightly from 3.0% in February 2018 to 3.1% in March 2018. The 3.1% unemployment rate represented 36,800 residents seeking employment. The region’s unemployment rate remained one point below both the Texas (4.1%) and national (4.1%) rates.

The Austin-Round Rock MSA collectively added 3,300 jobs in March 2018. The region’s 3.6% annual growth rate represented the collective addition of 36,800 jobs since March 2017.

Further, unemployment in the Capital Area/Travis County also increased slightly from 2.9% in February 2018 to 3.0% in March 2018. The 3.0% unemployment rate represented 21,561 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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