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Labor Surplus Areas

October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor has designated labor surplus areas for the period October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015. Employers located in labor surplus areas may be given preference in bidding on federal procurement contracts under Executive Orders 12073 (Federal Procurement in Labor Surplus Areas) and 10582 (Implementing the Buy American Act). Designated areas in Ohio are listed below.

The classification, Labor Surplus Area, is assigned on a county level unless a county contains a city or cities with a population of 25,000 or more. In that case, the city or cities and the balance-of-county are classified separately. To qualify as a labor surplus area during this period, the average unemployment rate in the specified area for the two-year period January 2012 through December 2013 must be at least 9.32 percent (twenty percent higher than the national unemployment rate average of 7.77 percent for the same period).

In exceptional circumstances, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services may petition the Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, to waive the regular criteria. This procedure allows the regular standards to be waived when an area experiences a significant increase in unemployment which is not temporary or seasonal and which is not adequately reflected in data for the reference period. The conditions for classification are: the unemployment rate for each of the most recent three months must be at least 9.32 percent; the projected unemployment rate for each of the next twelve months must be at least 9.32 percent; and documented information must be provided that the exceptional circumstance event has already occurred.

Information on the Prior Labor Surplus Areas is available for comparison.

Labor Surplus Areas in Ohio
Cities

Cleveland

Dayton

East Cleveland

Lorain

Trotwood

Youngstown

Zanesville

Counties

Adams

Clinton

Coshocton

Highland

Huron

Jackson

Jefferson

Meigs

Monroe

Morgan

Muskingum

Noble

Ottawa

Perry

Pike

Scioto

Vinton



Map of Labor Surplus Areas

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