The Central Texas Workforce

Among the region's strong assets is the Central Texas workforce, representing one of the most educated talent pools in the country. In the Austin metro, 44.8% of adults have at least a bachelor's degree, compared to 32.0% nationally, putting Austin in the top 10 among the largest metros. The region benefits from over 50 colleges and universities and 400,000 enrolled students within a 100-mile radius. Our growing workforce is young and eager, with a median age that is over four years younger than that of the rest of the nation.

Labor Force, Employment & Unemployment

Labor Force, Employment & Unemployment, 2017

Austin MSA1,152,6261,116,93835,6883.1%
Bastrop Co.40,12438,7091,4153.5%
Caldwell Co.18,40617,6947123.9%
Hays Co.108,012104,6343,3783.1%
Travis Co.698,755677,83020,9253.0%
Williamson Co.287,330278,0719,2593.2%
Unemployment Rates
Austin MSA5.7%5.2%4.2%3.4%3.3%3.1%
Employment, Austin MSA
Employment Growth

Note: Time series of annual and monthly numbers for these and additional workforce indicators are updated monthly on the Chamber's Economic Indicators page.

Source: Texas Workforce Commission, Local Area Unemployment Statistics.