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December 2016 Labor Market Update

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AUSTIN – According to the Texas Workforce Commission, unemployment in the Austin – Round Rock MSA* crept up from 3.0%** in November 2016 to 3.2% in December 2016. The 3.2% unemployment rate represented 35,500 residents seeking employment. The region’s unemployment remained more than one point below both the Texas (4.6%) and national (4.5%) rates.

Further, unemployment in the Capital Area/Travis County*** increased from 2.9%** in November 2016 to 3.1% in December 2016. The 3.1% unemployment rate represented more than 21,000 residents seeking employment. The Capital Area/Travis County unemployment rate remained below the overall Austin – Round Rock MSA, state of Texas and national rates.  

WIOA Board Plan Public Comment

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires workforce boards to develop a four-year plan that identifies and describes policies and procedures for the provision of workforce services, as well as local activities that are in line with the Texas State Plan.    

The Workforce Solutions Capital Area Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Local Workforce Development Board Plan for Program Years 2017-2020 (the Plan) outlines the provision of program services in Travis County, Texas.

The Plan must be developed openly and be available for public comment for 30 days.  Comments submitted during the public comment period that represent disagreement with the Plan must be submitted with the Plan to the Texas Workforce Commission.  Public comment can be made in two ways:  via email and in person.

  • Email:  Public comment can be submitted via email to until February 16, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. CST.
  • In person:  As a part of Workforce Solutions Capital Area’s Community Engagement Committee meeting, individuals and groups can provide public comment January 25, 2017 between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m.  The meeting will be held at Workforce Solutions Capital Area’s North Career Center located at 6505 Airport Blvd, Suite 101E, Austin, TX 78752. 

WFSCA WIOA Board Plan 2017-2020

Supporting Documentation for Demand Occupations, Target Occupations and Demand Industries 


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