The unemployment rate in the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan statistical area hit 3.8% in July, as reported by the Texas Workforce Commission on Aug. 18.

The rate represents nearly 55,400 unemployed residents and is up from 3.5% in May and June.

According to representatives with the Workforce Solutions Capital Area, the health care industry is experiencing a “pressing issue” of workforce shortages, especially in nursing and various entry-level and middle-skill positions.

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