In 2020, Workforce Solutions Capital Area became the first responder for employment.
In a matter of days, a declining unemployment rate that had lasted for years spiked into the double digits due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Workforce Solutions quickly pivoted to a virtual space to assist all impacted members of our community—students, workers, parents, businesses and more—in a safe and effective way.
The Austin metro area is now one of the fastest recovering in the nation, with many industries experiencing job growth. Our hard work and our partnerships help to make it possible.
5-Year Impacts (2016-2020)
Austinites are better off after receiving our services
Travis County residents directly supported by WFS
indirectly impacting 41,927 family members & 17,698 children
Employment rate for laid-off workers
Employment retention for families participating in our child care program
Total post-program wages earned by our customers
Total post-program wage increase compared to pre-program earnings
Average post-program wage increase per customer
Who We Served FY20
We are here to serve Austin’s workforce and children and parents
Children ages 0-12
Youth ages 14-24
Adults ages 18+
Business & Industry
COVID Response (Mar-Dec 2020)
Since the pandemic first struck in March, we never stopped serving our community
In enhanced reimbursement funds distributed
to help child care providers stay open and address increased operating costs
In local funding invested in Phase 1 of the RE:WorkNOW rapid training model
to increase services to laid-off workers
In stabilization grants distributed
to help closed child care providers defray ongoing fixed costs so they can eventually reopen
Students reached in 5 ISDs and 25 campuses
to introduce students to career programs and postsecondary education options
What They’re Saying
Travis County is excited to continue supporting Workforce Solutions in their work to rapidly empower people in this new economy.
At Bank of America, we see Workforce Solutions as a critical partner in the effort to build and maintain the workforce we need to keep Austin vibrant.
Through our relationship with Workforce Solutions Capital Area, Applied Materials has benefitted from a variety of programs that have helped to build and fill our pipeline of talent.
Read the full report for more on our work, partnerships, and labor market in 2020.
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