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Labor Surplus Areas (LSA’s)

Posted by LMI Win-Win Network - On October 22, 2012 (EST)

This forum covers labor surplus areas (LSA’s). A labor surplus area is a statutorily-defined locality that (with some exceptions) has experienced an unemployment rate that is 20% higher than the national average for 2 years. Some Federal, State and Local programs use LSA designations to determine eligibility. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) designates LSA's annually (effective each October 1st), with periodic updates to designate additional LSA's for areas that qualify under special circumstances. Ideas, questions or requests for information may be posed to other members of this Community of Practice, one or more of whom may be able to help you or respond with their own ideas.


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On October 22, 2012  LMI Win-Win Network said:

The U.S. Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has recently issued the list of 2013 labor surplus areas (LSA’s). A labor surplus area is a statutorily-defined locality that (with some exceptions) has experienced an unemployment rate that is 20% higher than the national average for 2 years. Some Federal, State and Local programs use LSA designations to determine eligibility. ETA designates LSA's annually (effective each October 1st), with periodic updates to designate additional LSA's for areas that qualify under special circumstances.

Access the FY 2013 Labor Surplus Area List.

Due to the economic downturn, for the first time the qualifying LSA unemployment rate has been 10% for two consecutive years. Therefore, ETA has prepared 3 tables that respond to the most commonly-asked questions about LSA’s.

These 3 tables can be accessed by clicking on the fourth bullet under “Related Links” on the right hand side of the screen.



On November 05, 2013  LMI Win-Win Network said:
2014 Labor Surplus Area List Issued

The U.S. Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has issued the list of 2014 labor surplus areas (LSA’s). A labor surplus area is a statutorily-defined locality that (with some exceptions) has experienced an unemployment rate that is 20% higher than the national average for 2 years.

Some Federal, state and local programs use LSA designations to determine eligibility, so your state or locality may be able to greatly benefit from understanding whether you qualify as an LSA. ETA designates LSA's annually (effective each October 1st), with periodic updates to designate additional LSA's for areas that qualify under special circumstances.

The Federal Register Notice announcing the 2014 LSA designations was published on October 23, 2013, effective October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014 (publication was delayed due to the Federal shutdown). The actual LSA listing, a map of LSAs and other related information (including the guidelines for previous years) can be found at FY 2014 Labor Surplus Area List.

You can also find the LSA list itself here.




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