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Workforce Solutions Supporting Austin’s Impacted Workers, Families and Businesses as Unemployment Rises to 3.5% in March 2020

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AUSTIN – Figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission today show the unemployment rate in the Austin-Round Rock MSA* increased from 2.6% in February 2020 to 3.5% in March 2020. The 3.5% unemployment rate represented 43,971 residents seeking jobless benefits. The region’s unemployment rate remained below both the Texas (4.7%)** and national (4.5%)** rates.

Further, unemployment in the Capital Area/Travis County*** rose from 2.6% in February 2020 to 3.4% in March 2020. The 3.4% unemployment rate represented 25,454 residents who have applied for jobless benefits. The Capital Area/Travis County unemployment rate remained below the overall Austin-Round Rock MSA rate, and the state of Texas and national rates.

Workforce Solutions Capital Area is providing assistance to affected residents and businesses while the COVID-19 health crisis impacts our region’s economy.

“We’re here to help our community weather this storm, whether it’s helping impacted workers to find a job, childcare for Austin’s essential workforce, or businesses to keep their doors open and their people working,” said Tamara Atkinson, Chief Executive Officer for Workforce Solutions Capital Area.

Layoff Aversion Strategies Available for Central Texas Businesses from Workforce Solutions Capital Area & Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area

Workforce Solutions Capital Area and Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area can support central Texas businesses in identifying resources that can help avoid layoffs during the COVID-19 crisis.

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GREATER AUSTIN REGION – Workforce Solutions Capital Area and Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area can support Central Texas businesses in identifying resources that can help avoid layoffs during the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 represents a sudden and dramatic shock to our local economy. The virus’ rapid spread understandably left many of our region’s businesses little time to prepare a necessary response.

Our Business Solutions teams can help you to navigate the resources available.

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Workforce Solutions Capital Area is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available, upon request, to persons with disabilities. Relay Texas: 1.800.735.2989 (TDD) / 711 (Voice).

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