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Labor Surplus Areas

October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015

Under Executive Orders 12073 and 10582, the U.S. Secretary of Labor is required to annually designate Labor Surplus Areas (LSAs) and disseminate this information for the use of all federal agencies in directing procurement activities and in locating new plants or facilities.   The LSAs are designated to help direct federal procurement dollars to areas where unemployment is highest -- employers located in LSAs can be given preference in bidding on federal procurement contracts. LSA designations are also used in determining Food Stamp waivers under welfare reform legislation. A LSA is defined as an area with an unemployment rate at least 20% above the national rate (including Puerto Rico) during the previous two calendar years.

In periods of low unemployment, when the national average rate (including Puerto Rico) for the previous two calendar years is 5.0 percent or less, a floor of 6.0 percent is used in order for an area to qualify as a labor surplus area.

In periods of high unemployment, when the national average rate (including Puerto Rico) for the previous two calendar years is 8.3 percent or higher, a ceiling of 10.0 percent is used in order for an area to qualify as a labor surplus area.

The reference period used in preparing the current list was January 2012 through December 2013. The national average unemployment rate (including Puerto Rico) during this period was 7.77 percent. As a result, a minimum rate of 9.32 percent was used to determine eligibility for the Fiscal Year 2015 LSA classifications.

The listing includes all civil jurisdictions with a 2012-2013 average unemployment rate of 9.32 percent or higher: cities and towns with a population of 25,000 or more, county balances (counties excluding cities and towns with a population of 25,000 or more), and individual counties with no civil jurisdiction of at least 25,000 population.

For additional information, contact:

Bureau of Labor Market Information
New York State Department of Labor
State Campus - Building 12, Room 490
Albany, NY 12240
Telephone: (518) 457-1350

Email: rsask@labor.state.ny.us

 

Eligible Labor Surplus Areas
in New York State
October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015
Eligible Labor Surplus Areas:Civil Jurisdictions Included:
Balance of Jefferson County Jefferson County
Bronx County Bronx County
Buffalo City Buffalo City in Erie County
Elmira City Elmira City in Chemung County
Fulton County Fulton County
Kings County Kings County
Lewis County Lewis County
Montgomery County Montgomery County
Newburgh City Newburgh City in Orange County
Niagara Falls City Niagara Falls City in Niagara County
Orleans County Orleans County
Oswego County Oswego County
Rochester City Rochester City in Monroe County
St. Lawrence County St. Lawrence County

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