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Labor Surplus Areas for Rhode Island

October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2014

Effective October 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, released the following list of labor surplus areas for the State of Rhode Island:

*Burrillville *New Shoreham
*Central Falls *Newport
*Charlestown *North Providence
*Coventry *Pawtucket
*Cranston *Providence
*East Greenwich *Scituate
*East Providence *Tiverton
*Foster *Warren
*Hopkinton *West Warwick
*Johnston *Woonsocket

This list will remain in effect until September 30, 2014. Employers located in the labor surplus area may be given preference in bidding on federal procurement contracts. The purpose in providing such preference is to help direct the government’s procurement dollars into areas where people are in the most severe economic need based on their high unemployment rates.

Classification of Labor Surplus Areas

Labor Surplus Areas

In order to be classified as a labor surplus area, a civil jurisdiction must have had an unemployment rate during the previous two calendar years (January 2011-December 2012) which was at least 20 percent above the national average unemployment rate for the same two year reference period. A floor of 6.0 percent is used during periods of low national unemployment in order for an area to qualify as a labor surplus area. The 6.0 percent floor comes into effect whenever the average unemployment rate for all states during the two-year reference period was 5.0 percent or less.

The national average unemployment rate during the period of January 2011 through December 2012 was 8.56 percent. Twenty percent higher than the national unemployment rate is 10.27 percent. Since the ceiling unemployment rate is 10.0 percent, the qualifying rate is 10.0 percent.


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