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State of Connecticut Labor Market Information - Connecticut Labor Surplus Areas
  State of Connecticut - Labor Surplus Areas Last Updated: September 7, 2011 
Labor surplus areas are classified on the basis of civil jurisdictions rather than on a metropolitan area or labor market area basis under the basic labor surplus area program procedures. Civil jurisdictions are defined as all cities with a population of at least 25,000 and all counties. Townships with a population of 25,000 or more are also considered as civil jurisdictions in 4 states ( Michigan , New Jersey , New York , and Pennsylvania ). In Connecticut , Massachusetts , Puerto Rico, and Rhode Island where counties have very limited or no government functions, the classifications are done for individual towns.

A civil jurisdiction is classified as a labor surplus area when its average unemployment rate was at least 20 percent above the average unemployment rate for all states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico during the previous two calendar years. During periods of high national unemployment, the 1.20 percent ratio is disregarded and an area is classified as a labor surplus area if its unemployment rate during the previous two calendar years was 10 percent or more. This 10 percent ceiling comes into effect whenever the two-year average unemployment rate for all states was 8.3 percent or above. Similarly, 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 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 reference period used in preparing the LSA list was January 2009 through December 2010. The national average unemployment rate (including Puerto Rico) during this period was 9.5 percent. Twenty percent higher than the national unemployment rate is 11.4 percent. Since the ceiling unemployment rate is 10.0 percent, the qualifying rate is 10.0 percent. Therefore, areas included on the FY 2012 labor surplus area list had an average unemployment rate of 10.0 percent or above during the reference period. Areas included on the FY 2012 annual Labor Surplus Area list are all counties, county equivalents, balance of county (where the entire county did not make the LSA list), and cites with a population greater than 25,000 (the population criteria for cities do not apply in a small number of New England states) with an average unemployment rate of 10.0 percent or above during the previous two calendar years.

For additional information, as well as to view an alphabetical listing of labor surplus areas in all states, link to the U.S. Department of Labor's Labor Surplus Area List.
 Connecticut towns classified as Labor Surplus Areas for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012.
The Fiscal Year 2012 Labor Surplus Area list, released by the U.S. DOL, Employment and Training Administration, is effective October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012.
2012 Ansonia, Bridgeport, East Hartford, Hartford, Killingly, Meriden, Naugatuck, New Britain, New Haven, New London, Waterbury  (11 towns)
 Connecticut towns classified as Labor Surplus Areas for the previous eight prior years.
2011 Bridgeport, Hartford, New Britain, New Haven, Waterbury  (5 towns)
2010 Ansonia, Bridgeport, East Hartford, Hartford, Meriden, New Britain, New Haven, New London, Waterbury, Windham  (10 towns)
2009 Bridgeport, Hartford, New Britain, New Haven, Waterbury, Windham (6 towns)
2008 Bridgeport, East Hartford, Hartford, New Britain, New Haven, Waterbury, Windham (7 towns)
2007 Bridgeport, East Hartford, Hartford, New Britain, New Haven, Waterbury, Windham (7 towns)
2006 Bridgeport, East Hartford, Hartford, Killingly, New Britain, New Haven, Waterbury (7 towns)
2005 Ansonia, Bridgeport, Hartford, Killingly, New Britain, Waterbury, Winchester (7 towns)
2004 Bridgeport, Hartford, Waterbury (3 towns)
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