Workforce Investment Act; Lower Living Standard Income Level, 22435-22442 [E8-9076]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 81 / Friday, April 25, 2008 / Notices currently employed with Airwell North America working on-site at the Effingham, Illinois location of Fedders North America and are performing the same duties. Based on these findings, the Department is amending this certification to include all workers of Airwell North America, working on-site at the Effingham, Illinois location of the subject firm. The intent of the Department’s certification is to include all workers employed at Fedders North America, Inc., Effingham, Illinois who were adversely-impacted by increased company imports of air conditioners, both room and central. The amended notice applicable to TA–W–60,804 is hereby issued as follows: All workers of Fedders North America, Inc., including on-site workers from Airwell North America, Effingham, Illinois, who became totally or partially separated from employment on or after December 28, 2006, through February 9, 2009, are eligible to apply for adjustment assistance under Section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974, and are also eligible to apply for alternative trade adjustment assistance under Section 246 of the Trade Act of 1974. Signed at Washington, DC this 25th day of March 2008. Richard Church, Certifying Officer, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance. [FR Doc. E8–8977 Filed 4–24–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FN–P for workers of the subject firm. The workers are engaged in the production of residential ventilation systems and premium bath fans. New information shows that RB Kanalflakt, Inc. is the parent firm of Fantech, Inc. and that some of the workers wages at the subject firm are being reported under three Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax accounts: Fantech, Inc., RB Kanalflakt, Inc. and Kanalflakt, Inc. Accordingly, the Department is amending this certification to properly reflect this matter. The intent of the Department’s certification is to include all workers of Fantech, Inc. who were adversely affected by a shift in production of residential ventilation systems and premium bath fans to Canada. The amended notice applicable to TA–W–62,606 is hereby issued as follows: All workers of Fantech, Inc., RB Kanalflakt, Inc., and Kanalflakt, Inc., Sarasota, Florida, who became totally or partially separated from employment on or after December 20, 2006, through January 14, 2010, are eligible to apply for adjustment assistance under Section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974, and are also eligible to apply for alternative trade adjustment assistance under Section 246 of the Trade Act of 1974. Signed at Washington, DC, this 25th day of March 2008. Linda G. Poole, Certifying Officer, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance. [FR Doc. E8–9101 Filed 4–24–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FN–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Fantech, Inc., RB Kanalflakt, Inc., Kanalflakt, Inc., Sarasota, Florida; Amended Certification Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance [TA–W–62,796] In accordance with section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2273), and section 246 of the Trade Act of 1974 (26 U.S.C. 2813), as amended, the Department of Labor issued a Certification Regarding Eligibility to Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance on January 14, 2008, applicable to workers of Fantech, Inc., Sarasota, Florida. The notice was published in the Federal Register on February 1, 2008 (73 FR 6212). At the request of the State agency, the Department reviewed the certification VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:20 Apr 24, 2008 Jkt 214001 Hardwoods LLC, Sawmill, including onsite leased workers of Westaff, Inc., Morrisville, Vermont. The notice was published in the Federal Register on March 26, 2008 (73 FR 16063). At the request of the State agency, the Department reviewed the certification for workers of the subject firm. The workers were engaged in the production of rough hardwood lumber for floors, furniture, etc. New information shows that H.A. Manosh Corporation is the parent firm of Manosh Hardwoods LLC, Sawmill. Some workers at the subject firm are involved in the closing of the business, selling off inventory and property, and have their wages reported under a separate unemployment insurance (UI) tax account for H.A. Manosh. Accordingly, the Department is amending the certification to properly reflect this matter. The intent of the Department’s certification is to include all workers of Manosh Hardwoods LLC, Sawmill who were adversely affected by increased customer imports. The amended notice applicable to TA–W–62,796 is hereby issued as follows: All workers of Manosh Hardwoods LLC, Sawmill, including on-site leased workers of Westaff, Inc., including workers whose wages were paid by H.A. Manosh Corporation, Morrisville, Vermont, who became totally or partially separated from employment on or after January 23, 2007, through March 14, 2010, are eligible to apply for adjustment assistance under Section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974, and are also eligible to apply for alternative trade adjustment assistance under Section 246 of the Trade Act of 1974. Signed at Washington, DC, this 27th day of March 2008. Elliott S. Kushner, Certifying Officer, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance. [FR Doc. E8–8974 Filed 4–24–08; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF LABOR [TA–W–62,606] sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Employment and Training Administration 22435 Manosh Hardwoods LLC, Sawmill Including On-Site Leased Workers of Westaff, Inc., Including Workers Whose Wages Were Paid by H.A. Manosh Corporation, Morrisville, VT; Amended Certification Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance BILLING CODE 4510–FN–P In accordance with Section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2273), and Section 246 of the Trade Act of 1974 (26 U.S.C. 2813), as amended, the Department of Labor issued a Certification of Eligibility to Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance on March 14, 2008, applicable to workers of Manosh AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00115 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Workforce Investment Act; Lower Living Standard Income Level Employment and Training Administration, Labor. ACTION: Notice of Determination of Lower Living Standard Income Level. SUMMARY: Under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 (Pub. L. 105–220), the Secretary of Labor annually determines the Lower Living Standard Income level (LLSIL) for uses E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 22436 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 81 / Friday, April 25, 2008 / Notices described in the law. WIA defines the term ‘‘Low Income Individual’’ as one who qualifies under various criteria, including an individual who received income for a six-month period that does not exceed the higher level of the poverty line or 70 percent of the LLSIL. This issuance provides the Secretary’s annual LLSIL for 2008 and references the current 2008 Health and Human Services ‘‘Poverty Guidelines.’’ DATES: Effective Date: This notice is effective on the date of publication in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to: Mr. Evan Rosenberg, Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Ave., NW., Room N–4464, Washington, DC 20210. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact Mr. Evan Rosenberg, telephone 202–693–3593; fax 202–693– 3532 (these are not toll-free numbers). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: It is the purpose of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 ‘‘to provide workforce investment activities, through statewide and local workforce investment systems, that increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants, and increase occupational skill attainment by participants, and as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the Nation.’’ The LLSIL is used for several purposes under WIA. Specifically, WIA section 101(25) defines the term ‘‘low income individual’’ for eligibility purposes, and sections 127(b)(2)(C) and 132(b)(1)(B)(v)(IV) define the terms ‘‘disadvantaged youth’’ and ‘‘disadvantaged adult’’ in terms of the poverty line or LLSIL for state formula allotments. The Governor and state/ local workforce investment boards (WIBs) use the LLSIL for determining eligibility for youth, eligibility for employed adult workers for certain services and for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). We encourage the Governors and state/local WIBs to consult WIA regulations and the preamble to the WIA Final Rule (published at 65 FR 49294 August 11, 2000) for more specific guidance in applying the LLSIL to program requirements. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the annual 2008 update of the povertylevel guidelines in the Federal Register at 72 FR 3147–3148 on Jan. 23, 2008. The HHS 2008 Poverty guidelines may also be found on the Internet at: https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/ 08fedreg.pdf. ETA plans to have the VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:20 Apr 24, 2008 Jkt 214001 2008 LLSIL available on its Web site at [https://www.doleta.gov/llsil/2008/]. WIA section 101(24) defines the LLSIL as ‘‘that income level (adjusted for regional, metropolitan, urban and rural differences and family size) determined annually by the Secretary [of Labor] based on the most recent lower living family budget issued by the Secretary.’’ The most recent lower living family budget was issued by the Secretary in the fall of 1981. The fourperson urban family budget estimates, previously published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provided the basis for the Secretary to determine the LLSIL. BLS terminated the four-person family budget series in 1982, after publication of the fall 1981 estimates. Currently, BLS provides data to ETA through which ETA develops the LLSIL tables, as provided in the Appendices. ETA published the 2007 updates to the LLSIL in the Federal Register of June 4, 2007, at 72 FR 30858. This notice again updates the LLSIL to reflect cost of living increases for 2007, by applying the percentage change in the December 2007 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI–U), compared with the December 2006 CPI– U to each of the June 4, 2007, LLSIL figures. Those updated figures for a family-of-four are listed in Appendix A, Table 1, by region for both metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas. Figures in all of the accompanying tables, in the Appendices, are rounded up to the nearest dollar. Since low income individuals, ‘‘disadvantaged adult’’ and ‘‘disadvantaged youth’’ may be determined by family income at 70 percent of the LLSIL, pursuant to WIA Sections 101(25), 127(b)(2)(C), and 132(b)(1)(B)(v)(IV), respectively, those figures are listed as well. Jurisdictions included in the various regions, based generally on Census Divisions of the U.S. Department of Commerce, are as follows: Northeast Connecticut. Maine. Massachusetts. New Hampshire. New Jersey. New York. Pennsylvania. Rhode Island. Vermont. Virgin Islands. Midwest Illinois. Indiana. Iowa. Kansas. Michigan. Minnesota. Missouri. PO 00000 Frm 00116 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Nebraska. North Dakota. Ohio. South Dakota. Wisconsin. South Alabama. American Samoa. Arkansas. Delaware. District of Columbia. Florida. Georgia. Northern Marianas. Oklahoma. Palau. Puerto Rico. South Carolina. Kentucky. Louisiana. Marshall Islands. Maryland. Micronesia. Mississippi. North Carolina. Tennessee. Texas. Virginia. West Virginia. West Arizona. California. Colorado. Idaho. Montana. Nevada. New Mexico. Oregon. Utah. Washington. Wyoming. Additionally, separate figures have been provided for Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam as indicated in Appendix B, Table 2. For Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam, the year 2007 figures were updated from the June 4, 2007, ‘‘State Index’’ based on the ratio of the urban change in the State (using Anchorage for Alaska and Honolulu for Hawaii and Guam) compared to the West regional metropolitan change, and then applying that index to the West regional metropolitan change. Data on 23 selected MSAs are also available. These are based on semiannual CPI-U changes for a 12month period ending in December 2007. The updated LLSIL figures for these MSAs and 70 percent of the LLSIL are reported in Appendix C, Table 3. Appendix D, Table 4 lists each of the various figures at 70 percent of the updated 2008 LLSIL for family sizes of one to six persons. Because tables 1–3 only list the LLSIL for a family of four, table 4 can be used to determine the LLSIL for families of one to six persons. For families larger than six persons, an amount equal to the difference between E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1 22437 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 81 / Friday, April 25, 2008 / Notices the six-person and the five-person family income levels should be added to the six-person family income level for each additional person in the family. Where the poverty level for a particular family size is greater than the corresponding LLSIL figure, the figure is indicated in parentheses. A modified Excel version of Appendix D, Table 4, with the area names, will be available on the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration LLSIL Webpage at (https://www.doleta.gov/llsil/2008/). Appendix E, Table 5, indicates 100 percent of LLSIL for family sizes of one to six and is used to determine selfsufficiency as noted at 20 CFR 663.230 of the WIA regulations and WIA Section 134(d)(3)(A)(ii). Use of These Data Governors should designate the appropriate LLSILs for use within the State from Appendices A, B, and C, containing Tables 1 through 3. Appendices D and E, which contain Tables 4 and 5, may be used with any LLSIL designated. The Governor’s designation may be provided by disseminating information on MSAs and metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas within the State or it may involve further calculations. For example, the State of New Jersey may have four or more LLSIL figures for Northeast metropolitan, Northeast nonmetropolitan, portions of the State in the New York City MSA, and those in the Philadelphia MSA. If a workforce investment area includes areas that would be covered by more than one figure, the Governor may determine which is to be used. Under 20 CFR 661.110, a State’s policies and measures for the workforce investment system shall be accepted by the Secretary to the extent that they are consistent with the WIA and the WIA regulations. Disclaimer on Statistical Uses It should be noted, the publication of these figures is only for the purpose of meeting the requirements specified by WIA as defined in the law and regulations. BLS has not revised the lower living family budget since 1981, and has no plans to do so. The fourperson urban family budget estimates series has been terminated. The CPI–U adjustments used to update the LLSIL for this publication are not precisely comparable, most notably because certain tax items were included in the 1981 LLSIL, but are not in the CPI–U. Thus, these figures should not be used for any statistical purposes, and are valid only for those purposes under WIA as defined in the law and regulations. Lower Living Standard Income Level for 2008 Under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105— 220), the Secretary of Labor annually determines the Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL). This Notice announces the LLSIL Tables for 2008. WIA requires the Department of Labor to update and publish the LLSIL tables annually. The LLSIL tables are used for several purposes under WIA, including determining eligibility for youth and for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. Signed at Washington, DC, this 18th of April, 2008. Brent R. Orrell, Acting Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration. Attachments Appendix A TABLE 1.—LOWER LIVING STANDARD INCOME LEVEL (FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR PERSONS) BY REGION 1 2008 Adjusted LLSIL Region 2 Northeast: Metro ............................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro 3 ................................................................................................................................................... Midwest: Metro ............................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro ..................................................................................................................................................... South: Metro ............................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro ..................................................................................................................................................... West: Metro ............................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro 4 ................................................................................................................................................... 70 Percent LLSIL $37,441 36,050 $26,208 25,235 33,298 31,881 23,309 22,317 32,176 30,740 22,523 21,518 36,664 35,409 25,665 24,786 1 For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest dollar. area measures were calculated from the weighted average CPI–Us for city size classes A and B/C. Non-metropolitan area measures were calculated from the CPI–Us for city size class D. 3 Non-metropolitan area percent changes for the Northeast region are no longer available. The Non-metropolitan percent change was calculated using the U.S. average CPI–U for city size class D. 4 Non-metropolitan area percent changes for the West region are unpublished data. 2 Metropolitan Appendix B TABLE 2.—LOWER LIVING STANDARD INCOME LEVEL (FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR PERSONS)—ALASKA, HAWAII AND GUAM 1 2008 Adjusted LLSIL sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Region Alaska: Metro ............................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro 2 ................................................................................................................................................... Hawaii, Guam: Metro ............................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro 2 ................................................................................................................................................... 1 For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest dollar. VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:20 Apr 24, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00117 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1 70 Percent LLSIL $44,250 44,428 $30,975 31,099 47,622 47,430 33,335 33,201 22438 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 81 / Friday, April 25, 2008 / Notices 2 Non-Metropolitan percent changes for Alaska, Hawaii and Guam were calculated from the CPI–Us for city size class D in the Western Region. Appendix C TABLE 3.—LOWER LIVING STANDARD INCOME LEVEL (FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR PERSONS) 23 MSAS 1 2008 Adjusted LLSIL Metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) Anchorage, AK ..................................................................................................................................................... Atlanta, GA .......................................................................................................................................................... Boston—Brockton—Nashua, MA/NH/ME/CT ...................................................................................................... Chicago—Gary—Kenosha, IL/IN/WI ................................................................................................................... Cincinnati—Hamilton, OH/KY/IN ......................................................................................................................... Cleveland—Akron, OH ........................................................................................................................................ Dallas—Ft. Worth, TX .......................................................................................................................................... Denver—Boulder—Greeley, CO .......................................................................................................................... Detroit—Ann Arbor—Flint, MI .............................................................................................................................. Honolulu, HI ......................................................................................................................................................... Houston—Galveston—Brazoria, TX .................................................................................................................... Kansas City, MO/KS ............................................................................................................................................ Los Angeles—Riverside—Orange County, CA ................................................................................................... Milwaukee—Racine, WI ....................................................................................................................................... Minneapolis—St. Paul, MN/WI ............................................................................................................................ New York—Northern NJ—Long Island, NY/NJ/CT/PA ....................................................................................... Philadelphia—Wilmington—Atlantic City, PA/NJ/DE/MD .................................................................................... Pittsburgh, PA ...................................................................................................................................................... St. Louis, MO/IL ................................................................................................................................................... San Diego, CA ..................................................................................................................................................... San Francisco—Oakland—San Jose, CA ........................................................................................................... Seattle—Tacoma—Bremerton, WA ..................................................................................................................... Washington—Baltimore, DC/MD/VA/WV 2 .......................................................................................................... 1 For $44,250 31,719 40,864 35,158 33,026 34,473 30,779 34,312 32,312 47,622 29,819 31,656 38,783 32,338 32,544 39,572 36,463 39,203 31,291 41,459 38,904 39,549 40,013 70 Percent LLSIL $30,975 22,203 28,605 24,611 23,118 24,131 21,545 24,018 22,618 33,335 20,873 22,159 27,148 22,637 22,781 27,700 25,524 27,442 21,904 29,021 27,233 27,684 28,009 ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest dollar. and Washington are now calculated as a single metropolitan statistical area. 2 Baltimore Appendix D sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Table 4.—Seventy Percent of Updated 2008 Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL), by Family Size To use the 70 percent LLSIL value, where it is stipulated for WIA programs, begin by locating the region or metropolitan area where they reside. These are listed in Tables 1, 2 and 3. After locating the appropriate region or metropolitan statistical area, find the 70 percent LLSIL amount for that location. The 70 percent LLSIL figures are listed in the last column to the right on each of the three tables. These figures apply to a VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:20 Apr 24, 2008 Jkt 214001 family of four. Larger and smaller family eligibility is based on a percentage of the family of four. To determine eligibility for other size families consult table 4 and the instructions below. To use Table 4, locate the 70 percent LLSIL value that applies to the individual’s region or metropolitan area from Tables 1, 2 or 3. Find the same number in the ‘‘family of four’’ column of Table 4. Move left or right across that row to the size that corresponds to the individual’s family unit. That figure is the maximum household income the individual is permitted in order to qualify as economically disadvantaged under WIA. PO 00000 Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Where the HHS poverty level for a particular family size is greater than the corresponding LLSIL figure, the LLSIL figure appears in a shaded block. Individuals from these size families may consult the 2008 HHS poverty guidelines found in the Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 15, January 24, 2008, pp. 3147–3148 (on the Internet at https:// aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/07fedreg.htm) to find the higher eligibility standard. Individuals from Alaska and Hawaii should consult the HHS guidelines for the generally higher poverty levels that apply in their states. BILLING CODE 4510–FT–P E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1 22439 BILLING CODE 4510–FT–C VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:27 Apr 24, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00119 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1 EN25AP08.206</GPH> sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 81 / Friday, April 25, 2008 / Notices 22440 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 81 / Friday, April 25, 2008 / Notices Appendix E Table 5.—Updated 2008 LLSIL (100%), By Family Size sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES To use the LLSIL to determine the minimum level for establishing selfsufficiency criteria at the State or local level, VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:27 Apr 24, 2008 Jkt 214001 begin by locating the metropolitan area or region from Table 1, 2 or 3. Then locate the appropriate region or metropolitan statistical area and then find the 2008 Adjusted LLSIL amount for that location. These figures apply to a family of four. Locate the correspon55ding number in the family of PO 00000 Frm 00120 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 four in the column below. Move left or right across that row to the size that corresponds to the individual’s family unit. That figure is the minimum figure States must set for determining whether employment leads to self-sufficiency under WIA programs. E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1 22441 [FR Doc. E8–9076 Filed 4–24–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FT–C VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:27 Apr 24, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00121 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1 EN25AP08.207</GPH> sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 81 / Friday, April 25, 2008 / Notices 22442 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 81 / Friday, April 25, 2008 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health; Notice of Meeting Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor. AGENCY: Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health; notice of meeting. ACTION: SUMMARY: The Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (‘‘MACOSH’’ or ‘‘Committee’’) was established to advise the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA on issues relating to occupational safety and health in the maritime industries. The purpose of this Federal Register notice is to announce the MACOSH and workgroup meetings scheduled for May 20–21, 2008. The workgroups will meet on May 20, 2008, and MACOSH will meet on May 21, 2008. DATES: The Committee and workgroups will meet at the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk Hotel, 1515 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207. The Longshoring workgroup will meet in the Rope Room of the hotel; the other workgroups will meet in the Tug Room of the hotel. MACOSH will meet in the hotel’s Port Room. Mail comments, views, or statements in response to this notice to Vanessa L. Welch, Office of Maritime, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N–3609, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; phone (202) 693–2086; Fax: (202) 693–1663. ADDRESSES: For general information about MACOSH and this meeting, contact: Joseph V. Daddura, Director, Office of Maritime, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N–3609, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; phone: (202) 693–2086. Individuals with disabilities wishing to attend the meeting should contact Vanessa L. Welch at (202) 693– 2086 no later than May 5, 2008, to obtain appropriate accommodations. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: All MACOSH meetings and workgroup meetings are open to the public. All interested persons are invited to attend sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:24 Apr 24, 2008 Jkt 214001 the MACOSH and workgroup meetings at the times and places listed below. MACOSH will meet from 8 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2008, in the hotel’s Port Room. The Shipyards workgroup will meet on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. in the Tug Room. The Longshoring workgroup will meet on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. in the Rope Room. The Cranes and Falls workgroup will meet on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the Tug Room. The Outreach and Safety Culture workgroup will meet on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the Tug Room. The Health workgroup will meet on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the Tug Room. The meeting times for each workgroup are approximate and subject to change without advance notice. MACOSH Agenda: The agenda will include: An OSHA activities update; a review of the minutes from the previous meeting; a review of the achievements of the committee during the last 2 years; and reports from each workgroup. MACOSH may also discuss the following topics based on the workgroup reports: spray paint standards and hot work on coatings; the shipbreaking guidance document; electrical standards; the roll-on roll-off cargo guidance document; the International Maritime Organization’s initiative on cargo-lashing safety; the flat-rack guidance document; working over water from aerial work platforms; working under a suspended load; the barge safety guidance document; leading indicators; substance abuse; and radiation exposure in marine terminals. Public Participation: Written data, views, or comments for consideration by MACOSH on the various agenda items listed above should be submitted to Vanessa L. Welch at the address listed above. Submissions received by May 5, 2008, will be provided to Committee members and will be included in the record of the meeting. Requests to make oral presentations to the Committee may be granted as time permits. Anyone wishing to make an oral presentation to the Committee on any of the agenda items listed above should notify Vanessa L. Welch by May 5, 2008. The request should state the amount of time desired, the capacity in which the PO 00000 Frm 00122 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 person will appear, and a brief outline of the content of the presentation. Authority: Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, directed the preparation of this notice under the authority granted by sections 6(b)(1) and 7(b) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 655, 656), the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 2), Secretary of Labor’s Order 5– 2007 (72 FR 31159), and 29 CFR parts 1911 and 1912. Signed at Washington, DC, on April 22, 2008. Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. [FR Doc. E8–9045 Filed 4–24–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–26–P FEDERAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH REVIEW COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting April 14, 2008. TIME AND DATE: 10 a.m., Friday, May 2, 2008. The Richard V. Backley Hearing Room, 9th Floor, 601 New Jersey Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. STATUS: Open. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: The Commission will hear oral argument in the matter Secretary of Labor v. Phelps Dodge Tyrone, Inc., Docket No. CENT 2006–212–RM. (Issues include whether the Administrative Law Judge erred in concluding that an unplanned fire that was not extinguished within 30 minutes occurred and therefore that the operator violated the requirement of 30 CFR 50.10 that such an accident be reported to MSHA within 15 minutes.) Any person attending this oral argument who requires special accessibility features and/or auxiliary aids, such as sign language interpreters, must inform the Commission in advance of those needs. Subject to 29 CFR 2706.150(a)(3) and 2706.160(d). CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFO: Jean Ellen (202) 434–9950/(202) 708–9300 for TDD Relay/1–800–877–8339 for toll free. PLACE: Jean H. Ellen, Chief Docket Clerk. [FR Doc. E8–8963 Filed 4–24–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6735–01–M E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Workforce Investment Act; Lower Living Standard Income Level

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Notice of Determination of Lower Living Standard Income Level.

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SUMMARY: Under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 
(Pub. L. 105-220), the Secretary of Labor annually determines the Lower 
Living Standard Income level (LLSIL) for uses

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described in the law. WIA defines the term ``Low Income Individual'' as 
one who qualifies under various criteria, including an individual who 
received income for a six-month period that does not exceed the higher 
level of the poverty line or 70 percent of the LLSIL. This issuance 
provides the Secretary's annual LLSIL for 2008 and references the 
current 2008 Health and Human Services ``Poverty Guidelines.''

DATES: Effective Date: This notice is effective on the date of 
publication in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to: Mr. Evan Rosenberg, Department of 
Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Ave., 
NW., Room N-4464, Washington, DC 20210.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact Mr. Evan Rosenberg, 
telephone 202-693-3593; fax 202-693-3532 (these are not toll-free 
numbers).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: It is the purpose of the Workforce 
Investment Act of 1998 ``to provide workforce investment activities, 
through statewide and local workforce investment systems, that increase 
the employment, retention, and earnings of participants, and increase 
occupational skill attainment by participants, and as a result, improve 
the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance 
the productivity and competitiveness of the Nation.''
    The LLSIL is used for several purposes under WIA. Specifically, WIA 
section 101(25) defines the term ``low income individual'' for 
eligibility purposes, and sections 127(b)(2)(C) and 132(b)(1)(B)(v)(IV) 
define the terms ``disadvantaged youth'' and ``disadvantaged adult'' in 
terms of the poverty line or LLSIL for state formula allotments. The 
Governor and state/local workforce investment boards (WIBs) use the 
LLSIL for determining eligibility for youth, eligibility for employed 
adult workers for certain services and for the Work Opportunity Tax 
Credit (WOTC). We encourage the Governors and state/local WIBs to 
consult WIA regulations and the preamble to the WIA Final Rule 
(published at 65 FR 49294 August 11, 2000) for more specific guidance 
in applying the LLSIL to program requirements. The Department of Health 
and Human Services (HHS) published the annual 2008 update of the 
poverty-level guidelines in the Federal Register at 72 FR 3147-3148 on 
Jan. 23, 2008. The HHS 2008 Poverty guidelines may also be found on the 
Internet at: https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/08fedreg.pdf. ETA plans to 
have the 2008 LLSIL available on its Web site at [https://
www.doleta.gov/llsil/2008/].
    WIA section 101(24) defines the LLSIL as ``that income level 
(adjusted for regional, metropolitan, urban and rural differences and 
family size) determined annually by the Secretary [of Labor] based on 
the most recent lower living family budget issued by the Secretary.'' 
The most recent lower living family budget was issued by the Secretary 
in the fall of 1981. The four-person urban family budget estimates, 
previously published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provided 
the basis for the Secretary to determine the LLSIL. BLS terminated the 
four-person family budget series in 1982, after publication of the fall 
1981 estimates. Currently, BLS provides data to ETA through which ETA 
develops the LLSIL tables, as provided in the Appendices.
    ETA published the 2007 updates to the LLSIL in the Federal Register 
of June 4, 2007, at 72 FR 30858. This notice again updates the LLSIL to 
reflect cost of living increases for 2007, by applying the percentage 
change in the December 2007 Consumer Price Index for All Urban 
Consumers (CPI-U), compared with the December 2006 CPI-U to each of the 
June 4, 2007, LLSIL figures. Those updated figures for a family-of-four 
are listed in Appendix A, Table 1, by region for both metropolitan and 
non-metropolitan areas. Figures in all of the accompanying tables, in 
the Appendices, are rounded up to the nearest dollar. Since low income 
individuals, ``disadvantaged adult'' and ``disadvantaged youth'' may be 
determined by family income at 70 percent of the LLSIL, pursuant to WIA 
Sections 101(25), 127(b)(2)(C), and 132(b)(1)(B)(v)(IV), respectively, 
those figures are listed as well.
    Jurisdictions included in the various regions, based generally on 
Census Divisions of the U.S. Department of Commerce, are as follows:

Northeast

Connecticut.
Maine.
Massachusetts.
New Hampshire.
New Jersey.
New York.
Pennsylvania.
Rhode Island.
Vermont.
Virgin Islands.

Midwest

Illinois.
Indiana.
Iowa.
Kansas.
Michigan.
Minnesota.
Missouri.
Nebraska.
North Dakota.
Ohio.
South Dakota.
Wisconsin.

South

Alabama.
American Samoa.
Arkansas.
Delaware.
District of Columbia.
Florida.
Georgia.
Northern Marianas.
Oklahoma.
Palau.
Puerto Rico.
South Carolina.
Kentucky.
Louisiana.
Marshall Islands.
Maryland.
Micronesia.
Mississippi.
North Carolina.
Tennessee.
Texas.
Virginia.
West Virginia.

West

Arizona.
California.
Colorado.
Idaho.
Montana.
Nevada.
New Mexico.
Oregon.
Utah.
Washington.
Wyoming.

    Additionally, separate figures have been provided for Alaska, 
Hawaii, and Guam as indicated in Appendix B, Table 2.
    For Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam, the year 2007 figures were updated 
from the June 4, 2007, ``State Index'' based on the ratio of the urban 
change in the State (using Anchorage for Alaska and Honolulu for Hawaii 
and Guam) compared to the West regional metropolitan change, and then 
applying that index to the West regional metropolitan change.
    Data on 23 selected MSAs are also available. These are based on 
semiannual CPI-U changes for a 12-month period ending in December 2007. 
The updated LLSIL figures for these MSAs and 70 percent of the LLSIL 
are reported in Appendix C, Table 3.
    Appendix D, Table 4 lists each of the various figures at 70 percent 
of the updated 2008 LLSIL for family sizes of one to six persons. 
Because tables 1-3 only list the LLSIL for a family of four, table 4 
can be used to determine the LLSIL for families of one to six persons. 
For families larger than six persons, an amount equal to the difference 
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the six-person and the five-person family income levels should be added 
to the six-person family income level for each additional person in the 
family. Where the poverty level for a particular family size is greater 
than the corresponding LLSIL figure, the figure is indicated in 
parentheses. A modified Excel version of Appendix D, Table 4, with the 
area names, will be available on the Department of Labor, Employment 
and Training Administration LLSIL Webpage at (https://www.doleta.gov/
llsil/2008/). Appendix E, Table 5, indicates 100 percent of LLSIL for 
family sizes of one to six and is used to determine self-sufficiency as 
noted at 20 CFR 663.230 of the WIA regulations and WIA Section 
134(d)(3)(A)(ii).

Use of These Data

    Governors should designate the appropriate LLSILs for use within 
the State from Appendices A, B, and C, containing Tables 1 through 3. 
Appendices D and E, which contain Tables 4 and 5, may be used with any 
LLSIL designated. The Governor's designation may be provided by 
disseminating information on MSAs and metropolitan and non-metropolitan 
areas within the State or it may involve further calculations. For 
example, the State of New Jersey may have four or more LLSIL figures 
for Northeast metropolitan, Northeast non-metropolitan, portions of the 
State in the New York City MSA, and those in the Philadelphia MSA. If a 
workforce investment area includes areas that would be covered by more 
than one figure, the Governor may determine which is to be used.
    Under 20 CFR 661.110, a State's policies and measures for the 
workforce investment system shall be accepted by the Secretary to the 
extent that they are consistent with the WIA and the WIA regulations.

Disclaimer on Statistical Uses

    It should be noted, the publication of these figures is only for 
the purpose of meeting the requirements specified by WIA as defined in 
the law and regulations. BLS has not revised the lower living family 
budget since 1981, and has no plans to do so. The four-person urban 
family budget estimates series has been terminated. The CPI-U 
adjustments used to update the LLSIL for this publication are not 
precisely comparable, most notably because certain tax items were 
included in the 1981 LLSIL, but are not in the CPI-U. Thus, these 
figures should not be used for any statistical purposes, and are valid 
only for those purposes under WIA as defined in the law and 
regulations.

Lower Living Standard Income Level for 2008

    Under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 
105--220), the Secretary of Labor annually determines the Lower Living 
Standard Income Level (LLSIL). This Notice announces the LLSIL Tables 
for 2008. WIA requires the Department of Labor to update and publish 
the LLSIL tables annually. The LLSIL tables are used for several 
purposes under WIA, including determining eligibility for youth and for 
the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 18th of April, 2008.
Brent R. Orrell,
Acting Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration.

Attachments

Appendix A

   Table 1.--Lower Living Standard Income Level (for a Family of Four
                         Persons) by Region \1\
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                         2008 Adjusted      70 Percent
              Region \2\                     LLSIL            LLSIL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Northeast:
    Metro.............................          $37,441          $26,208
    Non-Metro \3\.....................           36,050           25,235
Midwest:
    Metro.............................           33,298           23,309
    Non-Metro.........................           31,881           22,317
South:
    Metro.............................           32,176           22,523
    Non-Metro.........................           30,740           21,518
West:
    Metro.............................           36,664           25,665
    Non-Metro \4\.....................           35,409           24,786
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest
  dollar.
\2\ Metropolitan area measures were calculated from the weighted average
  CPI-Us for city size classes A and B/C. Non-metropolitan area measures
  were calculated from the CPI-Us for city size class D.
\3\ Non-metropolitan area percent changes for the Northeast region are
  no longer available. The Non-metropolitan percent change was
  calculated using the U.S. average CPI-U for city size class D.
\4\ Non-metropolitan area percent changes for the West region are
  unpublished data.

Appendix B

   Table 2.--Lower Living Standard Income Level (for a Family of Four
                  Persons)--Alaska, Hawaii and Guam \1\
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                         2008 Adjusted      70 Percent
                Region                       LLSIL            LLSIL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Alaska:
    Metro.............................          $44,250          $30,975
    Non-Metro \2\.....................           44,428           31,099
Hawaii, Guam:
    Metro.............................           47,622           33,335
    Non-Metro \2\.....................           47,430           33,201
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest
  dollar.

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\2\ Non-Metropolitan percent changes for Alaska, Hawaii and Guam were
  calculated from the CPI-Us for city size class D in the Western
  Region.

Appendix C

   Table 3.--Lower Living Standard Income Level (for a Family of Four
                          Persons) 23 MSAs \1\
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                         2008 Adjusted      70 Percent
 Metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs)       LLSIL            LLSIL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Anchorage, AK.........................          $44,250          $30,975
Atlanta, GA...........................           31,719           22,203
Boston--Brockton--Nashua, MA/NH/ME/CT.           40,864           28,605
Chicago--Gary--Kenosha, IL/IN/WI......           35,158           24,611
Cincinnati--Hamilton, OH/KY/IN........           33,026           23,118
Cleveland--Akron, OH..................           34,473           24,131
Dallas--Ft. Worth, TX.................           30,779           21,545
Denver--Boulder--Greeley, CO..........           34,312           24,018
Detroit--Ann Arbor--Flint, MI.........           32,312           22,618
Honolulu, HI..........................           47,622           33,335
Houston--Galveston--Brazoria, TX......           29,819           20,873
Kansas City, MO/KS....................           31,656           22,159
Los Angeles--Riverside--Orange County,           38,783           27,148
 CA...................................
Milwaukee--Racine, WI.................           32,338           22,637
Minneapolis--St. Paul, MN/WI..........           32,544           22,781
New York--Northern NJ--Long Island, NY/          39,572           27,700
 NJ/CT/PA.............................
Philadelphia--Wilmington--Atlantic               36,463           25,524
 City, PA/NJ/DE/MD....................
Pittsburgh, PA........................           39,203           27,442
St. Louis, MO/IL......................           31,291           21,904
San Diego, CA.........................           41,459           29,021
San Francisco--Oakland--San Jose, CA..           38,904           27,233
Seattle--Tacoma--Bremerton, WA........           39,549           27,684
Washington--Baltimore, DC/MD/VA/WV \2\           40,013           28,009
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest
  dollar.
\2\ Baltimore and Washington are now calculated as a single metropolitan
  statistical area.

Appendix D

Table 4.--Seventy Percent of Updated 2008 Lower Living Standard Income 
Level (LLSIL), by Family Size

    To use the 70 percent LLSIL value, where it is stipulated for 
WIA programs, begin by locating the region or metropolitan area 
where they reside. These are listed in Tables 1, 2 and 3. After 
locating the appropriate region or metropolitan statistical area, 
find the 70 percent LLSIL amount for that location. The 70 percent 
LLSIL figures are listed in the last column to the right on each of 
the three tables. These figures apply to a family of four. Larger 
and smaller family eligibility is based on a percentage of the 
family of four. To determine eligibility for other size families 
consult table 4 and the instructions below.
    To use Table 4, locate the 70 percent LLSIL value that applies 
to the individual's region or metropolitan area from Tables 1, 2 or 
3. Find the same number in the ``family of four'' column of Table 4. 
Move left or right across that row to the size that corresponds to 
the individual's family unit. That figure is the maximum household 
income the individual is permitted in order to qualify as 
economically disadvantaged under WIA.
    Where the HHS poverty level for a particular family size is 
greater than the corresponding LLSIL figure, the LLSIL figure 
appears in a shaded block. Individuals from these size families may 
consult the 2008 HHS poverty guidelines found in the Federal 
Register, Vol. 72, No. 15, January 24, 2008, pp. 3147-3148 (on the 
Internet at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/07fedreg.htm) to find the 
higher eligibility standard. Individuals from Alaska and Hawaii 
should consult the HHS guidelines for the generally higher poverty 
levels that apply in their states.
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Appendix E

Table 5.--Updated 2008 LLSIL (100%), By Family Size

    To use the LLSIL to determine the minimum level for establishing 
self-sufficiency criteria at the State or local level, begin by 
locating the metropolitan area or region from Table 1, 2 or 3. Then 
locate the appropriate region or metropolitan statistical area and 
then find the 2008 Adjusted LLSIL amount for that location. These 
figures apply to a family of four. Locate the correspon55ding number 
in the family of four in the column below. Move left or right across 
that row to the size that corresponds to the individual's family 
unit. That figure is the minimum figure States must set for 
determining whether employment leads to self-sufficiency under WIA 
programs.

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