What You Need to Know
October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024
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 2021 through December 2022. The national average unemployment rate (including Puerto Rico) during this period was 4.5 percent. As a result, a minimum rate of 6.0 percent was used to determine eligibility for the Fiscal Year 2023 LSA classifications.
The listing includes all civil jurisdictions with a 2021-2022 average unemployment rate of 6.0 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.
Eligible Labor Surplus Areas
|Eligible Labor Surplus Areas||Civil Jurisdictions Included|
|Bronx County||Bronx County|
|Buffalo City||Erie County|
|Elmira City||Chemung County|
|Kings County||Kings County|
|Mount Vernon City||Westchester County|
|New York City||New York City|
|New York County||New York County|
|Niagara Falls City||Niagara County|
|Queens County||Queens County|
|Richmond County||Richmond County|
|Rochester City||Monroe County|
For additional information, contact:
Bureau of Labor Market Information
New York State Department of Labor
State Campus - Building 12, Room 490
Albany, NY 12226
Telephone: (518) 457-3800
Email: [email protected]