Ohio Labor Surplus Areas (LSA)

October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021

The U.S. Department of Labor issues Labor Surplus Areas (LSAs) on a fiscal year basis. The list becomes effective each October 1, and remains in effect through the following September 30. 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.

LSAs are 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. The LSA qualifying unemployment rate is 20 percent above the national annual average unemployment rate for the two-year reference period. The reference period used in preparing the current list is January 2018 through December 2019. The national average unemployment rate during this period (including Puerto Rico) is rounded to 3.38 percent. Twenty percent higher than the national unemployment rate during this period is rounded to 4.6 percent. Since 4.6 percent is below the "floor unemployment rate" of 6.00 percent, a civil jurisdiction must have a two-year unemployment rate of 6.00 percent to be classified a LSA.

In exceptional circumstances, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services may petition the Employment and Training Administration, U.S. DOL, 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 6.00 percent; the projected unemployment rate for each of the next 12 months must be at least 6.00 percent; and documented information must be provided that the exceptional circumstance event has already occurred.

Labor Surplus Areas in Ohio


Maple Heights