Unemployment rate ticks up in Highland Lakes


The unadjusted unemployment rate in the Rural Capital Area of Central Texas ticked up to 6.1 percent in September 2020, after a four month slide to 5.2 percent in August, down from a high of 11.5 percent in April, according to figures released today by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

The 6.1 percent unemployment rate in the ninecounty Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) represented 34,276 residents seeking employment. The region’s unemployment rate remained below both the Texas (8.3 percent) and national (7.7 percent) unadjusted rates.

Within the WSRCA counties, Blanco recorded the lowest unemployment rate at 4.2 percent in September. Burnet and Lee counties came in at 5.1 percent. Fayette County was at 5.5 percent, while Williamson County was at 6.0 percent. Llano County was at 6.1 percent, Bastrop County was at 6.3 percent, while Hays County came in at 6.5 percent and Caldwell County was at 6.6 percent.

The WSRCA team is eager to help you find workforce solutions and offers curbside and in-center assistance by appointment. Services continue to be available virtually. Utilize their Skill-Based Career Progression Lattices and work with their teams to develop a customized training plan to help you enhance your skills and create sustainable career outcomes.

TWC has also begun offering free online training courses for all Texans through Metrix Learning’s Skillsoft courseware. When combined with the 16,000-plus virtual courses WSRCA offers through LinkedIn Learning as well as Academy, there’s no better time to ramp up your skills and marketability for local careers in high-demand industries.

For more information please visit WSRCA at workforcesolutionsrca.com, call toll free, at 1-844-344- 2780, and begin your job search on workintexas.com.

Employment estimates released by TWC are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. All estimates are subject to revision. To access this and more employment data, visit texaslmi.com.

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area is a nonprofit community partnership providing no cost recruitment, employment services and childcare assistance, to businesses, employers, and job seekers in the Rural Capital Area of central Texas.

This nine-county region includes Bastrop; Blanco; Burnet; Caldwell; Fayette; Hays; Lee; Llano; and Williamson counties. For more details on WSRCA, and the services it offers, visit workforcesolutionsrca.com.