STATE OF INDIANA
LABOR SURPLUS AREAS
 
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR HAS ANNOUNCED THE NEW LISTING OF ELIGIBLE LABOR SURPLUS AREAS, EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2013, THE LIST WILL REMAIN IN  EFFECT UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014.  EMPLOYERS LOCATED IN LABOR SURPLUS AREAS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR VARIOUS GOVERNMENT CONSIDERATIONS. SEE LSA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL) ISSUES THE LABOR SURPLUS AREA LIST ON A FISCAL YEAR BASIS. THE LIST BECOMES EFFECTIVE EACH OCTOBER 1 AND REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SEPTEMBER 30. THE REFERENCE PERIOD USED IN PREPARING THE CURRENT LIST WAS JANUARY 2011 THROUGH DECEMBER 2012. THE NATIONAL AVERAGE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DURING THIS PERIOD WAS 8.56 PERCENT. THE QUALIFYING RATE FOR A LABOR SURPLUS AREA CLASSIFICATION IS 20 PERCENT ABOVE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE.  THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR AN AREA TO QUALIFY AS HAVING A SURPLUS OF LABOR FOR FY 2014 IS 10.27 PERCENT. SINCE THE CEILING UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS 10.0 PERCENT, THE QUALIFYING LSA RATE IS 10.0 PERCENT. THEREFORE, AREAS INCLUDED ON THE FY 2014 LABOR SURPLUS AREA LIST HAD AN AVERAGE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF 10.0 PERCENT OR ABOVE DURING THE REFERENCE PERIOD. AREAS INCLUDED IN THE LIST ARE ALL COUNTIES, COUNTY EQUIVALENTS, BALANCE OF COUNTY (WHERE THE ENTIRE COUNTY DID NOT MAKE THE LABOR SURPLUS AREA LIST), AND CITIES WITH A POPULATION GREATER THAN 25,000 AND THE QUALIFYING UNEMPLOYMENT RATE.

INDIANA LABOR SURPLUS AREAS
FROM OCTOBER 1, 2013 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2014


COUNTY
COUNTY
COUNTY COUNTY COUNTY
BLACKFORD FAYETTE LAWRENCE SCOTT VERMILLION
CLAY HENRY MIAMI STARKE WAYNE
CRAWFORD JENNINGS RANDOLPH SULLIVAN ---

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ELIGIBLE CITIES WITH BALANCE OF COUNTY WHERE APPLICABLE
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ANDERSON CITY IN MADISON COUNTY
CITY OF EAST CHICAGO IN LAKE COUNTY
ELKHART CITY  IN ELKHART COUNTY
CITY OF GARY IN LAKE COUNTY 
GOSHEN CITY IN ELKHART COUNTY
CITY OF HAMMOND IN LAKE COUNTY
CITY OF HOBART IN LAKE COUNTY
CITY OF KOKOMO IN HOWARD COUNTY
CITY OF MARION IN GRANT COUNTY
MICHIGAN CITY IN LAPORTE COUNTY
CITY OF MISHAWAKA IN ST. JOSEPH COUNTY
MUNCIE CITY IN DELAWARE COUNTY
RICHMOND CITY & BALANCE OF WAYNE COUNTY
CITY OF SOUTH BEND IN ST. JOSEPH COUNTY
TERRE HAUTE CITY IN VIGO COUNTY

SEVERAL AREAS NOT ON THIS LSA LIST HAVE CURRENT UNEMPLOYMENT RATES THAT ARE SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER THAN THE FY 2013 LABOR SURPLUS QUALIFYING RATE OF 10.0 PERCENT. MOST OF THESE AREAS EXPERIENCED UNEMPLOYMENT RATES THAT WERE CONSIDERABLY LOWER THAN THE LABOR SURPLUS QUALIFYING RATE OF 10.0 PERCENT FOR 2010 AND THE FIRST HALF OF 2011.THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATES FOR MOST OF THESE AREAS DID NOT BECOME SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN 10.0 PERCENT UNTIL AFTER THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2011 CAUSING THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR THE REFERENCE PERIOD TO BE LOWER THAN 10.0 PERCENT.

IF AN AREA DID NOT MAKE THIS YEAR'S LSA LIST AND IS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING AN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AT OR ABOVE THE QUALIFYING UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IT MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO BE ADDED TO THIS YEAR'S LSA LIST THROUGH AN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCE PETITION. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CLASSIFICATION PROCESS AND EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCE PETITION,SEE "DESCRIPTION OF LABOR SURPLUS AREAS".

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON LABOR SURPLUS AREAS CLICK HERE: LSAs FROM DOL
 

INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
10 NORTH SENATE STREET
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA  46204