AUSTIN – Figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission show the unemployment rate in the Austin-Round Rock MSA* increased from 3.5%** in January 2017 to 3.7% in February 2017. The 3.7% unemployment rate represented 41,700 residents seeking employment. The region’s unemployment remained one point below both the state of Texas (4.9%) and national (4.7%) rates***.
The Austin-Round Rock MSA collectively added 2,700 jobs in February 2017. The region’s 2.7% annual growth rate represented the overall addition of 27,000 jobs since February 2016.
Further, the unemployment rate in the Capital Area/Travis County**** increased from 3.3%** in January 2017 to 3.6% in February 2017. The 3.6% unemployment rate represented more than 24,500 residents seeking employment. The Capital Area/Travis County unemployment rate remained below the overall Austin-Round Rock MSA, state of Texas and national rates.