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Workforce Solutions Capital Area Recognized for Commitment to Hiring Veterans with Second “We Hire Vets” Award

Veteran employees served in the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, and have a combined 19 years of service.

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Workforce Solutions Capital Area has earned recognition for the second year in a row for committing to hiring veterans with the “We Hire Vets” award from the Texas Workforce Commission. Today, 14 percent of Workforce Solutions Capital Area Board employees are veterans.

“Service in uniform teaches commitment and integrity, and our veteran team members demonstrate this every day in their roles serving the communities of the Austin metro area,” said Tamara Atkinson, Chief Executive Officer of Workforce Solutions Capital Area. “In 2018, we became the first workforce board in the state of Texas to receive this recognition, and we are honored to be awarded again in 2019.”

Workforce Solutions Capital Area Board’s veteran employees served in the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, and have a combined 19 years of service.

March 2019 Labor Market Update

Austin-Area Unemployment Slips to 2.7% in March

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AUSTIN – Figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission today show the unemployment rate in the Austin-Round Rock MSA decreased from 3.0% in February 2019 to 2.7% in March 2019. The 2.7% unemployment rate represented 33,115 residents seeking employment. The region’s unemployment rate remained nearly one point below both the Texas (3.5%) and national (3.9%) rates.

The Austin-Round Rock MSA collectively added 5,400 jobs in March 2019. The region’s 2.1% annual growth rate represented the collective addition of 22,700 jobs since March 2018.

Further, unemployment in the Capital Area/Travis County decreased from 2.9% in February 2019 to 2.6% in March 2019. The 2.6% unemployment rate represented 19,201 residents seeking employment. The Capital Area/Travis County unemployment rate remained below the overall Austin- Round Rock MSA, state of Texas and national rates.

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.”

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