Ohio Labor Market Information

Ohio Labor Surplus Areas (LSA)

October 1, 2023 through September 30, 2024

Sixteen areas in Ohio are included on the latest Labor Surplus Area (LSA) listing, as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.

Labor Surplus Area listings are used when deciding the recipients of federal government contracts. These areas have preference for contracts awarded under the federal procurement process. Struggling business and organizations receive extra consideration when their township, city, or county appears on the LSA list.

To qualify as an LSA, an area (city, township, county, or balance of county) must have an unemployment rate that is higher than 1.2 times the national average during the reference period. The current reference period is January 2021 through December 2022, which had a national average unemployment rate (including Puerto Rico) of 4.49 percent. Twenty percent higher than the national unemployment rate during this period is rounded to 5.39 percent. Since 5.39 is below the minimum threshold of 6.0, a civil jurisdiction must have a two-year unemployment rate of 6.0 percent or higher in order to be classified as an LSA.

The Department of Labor issues the LSA listing on a fiscal year basis. The current list of LSAs will be in effect from October 1, 2023, through September 30, 2024. Below is a list and map of Ohio’s current LSAs.

For more information, please visit ‘Labor Surplus Area’ at the Employment and Training Administration website.

 

Labor Surplus Areas in Ohio
Cities

Cleveland

Dayton

Euclid

Garfield Heights

Lima

 

Lorain

Mansfield

Maple Heights

Sandusky

 

 

Toledo

Trotwood

Warren

Youngstown

 

 

Counties

Meigs

 

Monroe

 

Noble