Labor Surplus Area
Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Labor Surplus Areas
The 2016 (Oct 1, 2015-Sep 30, 2016) Labor Surplus Area (LSA) list includes LSA's in 42 states, and Puerto Rico. The list only includes those states and jurisdictions with designated Labor Surplus Areas. All of the qualifying areas in the nation are listed in alphabetical order by state or state equivalent.
The reference period used in preparing the LSA list was January 2013 through December 2014. The national average unemployment rate (including Puerto Rico) during this period was rounded to 6.82 percent. Twenty percent higher than the national unemployment rate is rounded to 8.18 percent. Areas included on the FY 2015 annual Labor Surplus Area list are all counties, county equivalents, balance of county (where the entire county did not make the LSA list), and cites with a population greater than 25,000 (the population criteria for cities do not apply in a small number of New England states) with an average unemployment rate of 8.18 percent or above during the previous two calendar years.
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".
The FY 2015 Labor Surplus Area classifications will be in effect from October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.
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