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Rural Capital Area Unemployment Rate Continues Slide to Pre-COVID Levels; Drops to 5.1% in August 2020

The unadjusted unemployment rate in the Rural Capital Area of central Texas has continued its three month slide to pre-pandemic levels, dropping to 5.1 percent in August 2020, down from 6.3 percent in July, according to figures released today by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The 5.1 percent unemployment rate in the nine-county Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA), represented 29,333 residents seeking employment. The region’s unemployment rate remained below both the Texas (7 percent)* and national (8.5 percent)* rates.

Within the WSRCA counties, Blanco recorded the lowest unemployment rate at 3.4 percent in August. Burnet and Lee counties (GIDDINGS) came in at 4.1 percent. Fayette County was at 4.2 percent, while Llano County was at 4.8 percent. Williamson County was at 5.1 percent, Bastrop County was at 5.3 percent, while Hays County came in at 5.6 percent and Caldwell County was at 5.7 percent. 

Compared to other places, Giddings, TX has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (6.46 times higher than expected), Other Services, Except Public Administration (2.55 times), and Transportation & Warehousing (2.24 times) industries. From 2016 to 2017, employment in Giddings, TX grew at a rate of 4.79%, from 2.3k employees to 2.41k employees. The most common employment sectors for those who live in Giddings, TX, are Other Services, Except Public Administration (301 people), Manufacturing (285 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (274 people).

Major employers include:

Altman Plants. Headquartered in California, the company has a total greenhouse area of 38 acres and 20 docks at the Giddings facility that equip the company to effectively and efficiently turn quality material around from the greenhouse to regional retail garden centers.

Kaemark The nation's largest manufacturer of salon furnishings, the company's headquarters in Giddings features a =10,000 sq ft showroom facility where buyers can view hundreds of different types of salon equipment including Made In The USA styling stations, shampoo bowls, wet stations, reception desks and more.

Giddings State School. Giddings State School is a juvenile correctional facility of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department located in unincorporated Lee County, Texas, near Giddings.

The Giddings Seed Laboratory (previously Pieratt's Seed Lab ), a project of the Texas Department of Agriculture, is located in Giddings. 

The United States Postal Service operates the Giddings Post Office in Giddings. 

The City Meat Market restaurant at the corner of Austin and Main Streets was rated one of the 50 best places for barbecue by Texas Monthly. 

The business community is served by both the Giddings Economic Development Corporation and the Small Business Development - Texas State, each of who assist existing businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs with free face-to-face business consulting and at-cost business

Giddings is a part of the Rural Capital Area Workforce Development Board and the area is served by Workforce Solutions in a community partnership that provides no cost recruitment, employment, and information services to businesses and job seekers in the nine-county Rural Capital Area   

Regional Institutions of Higher Education 

Within 30 minutes
Austin Community College - Elgin & Austin 
Blinn College - Brenham 

Within 1 Hour
University of Texas - Austin
St. Edward's University - Austin
Concordia University - Austin

Texas A&M - College Station 


Within 1 1/2  - 2 Hours
Houston Community College 
University of Houston
Texas State University - San Marcos

Work Status within the Past 12 Months

Industry by Occupation 

For Data: https://datausa.io/profile/geo/giddings-tx#income