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Chad Swiatecki is a 20-year journalist who relocated to Austin from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets.
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Austin’s job market, again
The most recent jobs report from the Austin Chamber paints the local economy as typically rosy and pointed upward. In its summary for the month of March, the chamber showed Austin adding 23,800 new jobs in the 12 months that ended in February, with approximately 46,000 jobs available in March. That second number was 1,300 less than in March 2018, but still shows Austin companies are dealing with a need to find talent and people to fill open positions. Of those available jobs, 19 percent were classified under “Computer and Mathematical Operations,” with “Management Occupations” and “Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations” also making up growing portions of the local job landscape. The area’s unemployment rate remains low at 3 percent – 36,500 in February – with a total area labor force of more than 1.2 million.
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