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Labor Surplus Area List Issued

Posted by LMI Win-Win Network - On September 16, 2014 (EST)

2015 Labor Surplus Area List Issued


The U.S. Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has issued the list of 2015 labor surplus area (LSA) list.  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 benefit from understanding whether areas 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 September 16, 2014,  and is effective from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015. Click here for the PDF version of the FRN. The actual LSA listing, a map of LSAs and other related information (including the guidelines for previous years) can be found at FY 2015 Labor Surplus Area List. 

The 2015 LSA list includes areas in 42 states and Puerto Rico.  The reference period used in preparing the LSA list was January 2012 through December 2013. The national average unemployment rate (including Puerto Rico) during this period was rounded to 7.77 percent. Twenty percent higher than the national unemployment rate is rounded to 9.32 percent. This is the first time since 2011 that the qualifying LSA rate is below the ceiling unemployment rate (10%).  

If an area did not make this year's LSA list and is currently experiencing an unemployment rate at or above the qualifying unemployment rate, it may be eligible to be added to this year's LSA list through an exceptional circumstance petition. For more information about the classification process and exceptional circumstance petition, see "Description of Labor Surplus Areas".

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