More Central Texans are enrolling in training programs that boost wages and fill gaps in the region’s labor force, an April 17 report from Workforce Solutions Capital Area found.

The 2023 Hire Local Report analyzed job placement and income increases of those who completed training programs in the Austin metro from October 2022 through September 2023.

The report also found that more Central Texans are utilizing training programs compared to previous years. Workforce Solutions served 17,186 students in 2023, 3,591 more than in 2022. Further, nursing graduates almost doubled in the past five years, from 596 in the 2018-19 school year to 1,076 during the 2022-23 school year.

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