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For more information about how to recognize spam calls, please reference the IRS site about recognizing these imposter calls: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/how-to-know-its-really-the-irs-calling-or-knocking-on-your-door-0

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Labor Surplus Areas: ETA Publishes 2013 Listing Update
Oct 2, 2012

A Labor Surplus Area (LSA) is a civil jurisdiction that has a civilian average annual unemployment rate during the previous two calendar years of 20 percent or more above the average annual civilian unemployment rate for all states during the same 24-month reference period.

The Employment and Training Administration has published the annual update of Labor Surplus Areas. The October 1, 2012 FEDERAL REGISTER provides the public notice and complete background. Click here for the 2013 listing.

ETA's LSA webpage provides additional information and links to the LSA archives. The page notes some of the users of the annual LSA listing:

  • The Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy uses the LSA list to identify where procurement set asides should be emphasized in order to strengthen our Nation's economy;
  • General Service Administration (GSA) Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) system uses the LSA list as a tool to determine if a business qualifies as a Labor Surplus Area concern;
  • The Small Business Administration uses the LSA list for bid selections for small business awards in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones)
  • Some state and local area governments use the LSA list to allocate employment related assistance (food stamps and training); and
  • Private industry has used the LSA list for strategic planning and potential areas of human capital.