DATA: Southwest Austin area has seen 18,432 unemployment claims since mid-March

Southwest Austin roads have been less trafficked as the coronavirus pandemic his impacted work situations for area residents. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Southwest Austin roads have been less trafficked as the coronavirus pandemic his impacted work situations for area residents. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Southwest Austin roads have been less trafficked as the coronavirus pandemic his impacted work situations for area residents. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Since March 18, Southwest Austin- and Dripping Springs-area residents have filed 18,432 unemployment claims with the Texas Workforce Commission. The number represents about 7.1% of the population in the area's nine ZIP codes.

According to the most recent Texas Workforce Commission data, the commission received 5,671 new claims for area residents from April 15-May 16. While the number of claims was a decrease from the previously reported month’s data, it continues to show the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the local workforce.


In Southwest Austin, 78748 was the most impacted ZIP code with 2.71% of residents filing claims, followed closely by 78745.

In Dripping Springs, 78620 had 327 individuals file claims, accounting for 1.8% of the population.

The following graphs show how many claims were filed in each ZIP code according to April and May data and the percentage of the population that has filed during that time, according to the commission.



The 2.17% of residents who have filed in Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs fall inline with regional data. About 2.11% of residents in the capital region—or 48,852 of the area’s 2.31 million population—filed claims, according to the commission.



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