Ohio Labor Market Information
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The U.S. Department of Labor issues Labor Surplus Areas 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.
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 2014 through December 2015, must be at least 6.93 percent (20 percent higher than the national unemployment rate average of 5.77 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. 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 6.93 percent; the projected unemployment rate for each of the next 12 months must be at least 6.93 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.
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