Ohio Labor Market Information

Ohio Labor Surplus Areas (LSA)

October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issues the Labor Surplus Areas (LSA) list 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% above the national (Puerto Rico included) annual average unemployment rate for the two-year reference period. The reference period used in preparing the current list is January 2019 through December 2020. The national average unemployment rate during this period (including Puerto Rico) is rounded to 3.38%. Twenty percent higher than the national unemployment rate during this period is rounded to 4.6%. Since 4.6% is below the "floor unemployment rate" of 6.00%, a civil jurisdiction must have a two-year unemployment rate of 6.00% in order 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
Cities

Akron

Barberton

Canton

Cincinnati

Cleveland

Cleveland Heights

Dayton

Elyria

Euclid

Garfield Heights

Hamilton

Huber Heights

Lakewood

Lancaster

Lima

Lorain

Mansfield

Maple Heights

Marion

Massillon

Medina

Middletown

North Olmstead

Parma

Riverside

Sandusky

South Euclid

Springfield

Toledo

Trotwood

Warren

Xenia

Youngstown

Zanesville

 

 

Counties

Adams

Allen

Ashtabula

Athens

Belmont

Brown

Carroll

Clark

Clinton

Columbiana

Coshocton

Crawford

Cuyahoga

Defiance

Erie

Fulton

Gallia

Guernsey

Hardin

Harrison

Henry

Highland

Hocking

Huron

Jackson

Jefferson

Lake

Lawrence

Lorain

Lucas

Mahoning

Meigs

Monroe

Montgomery

Morgan

Muskingum

Noble

Ottawa

Perry

Pike

Richland

Ross

Sandusky

Scioto

Seneca

Stark

Summit

Trumbull

Vinton

Washington

 

Balance of Counties

Balance of Athens County

Balance of Cuyahoga County

Balance of Erie County

Balance of Lake County

Balance of Lorain County

Balance of Mahoning County

Balance of Richland County

Balance of Stark County

Balance of Trumbull County

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