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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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