Workforce Investment Act; Lower Living Standard Income Level, 13262-13266 [E9-6618]

Download as PDF 13262 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 57 / Thursday, March 26, 2009 / Notices decisions that followed its reasoning in the H–2B context were wrongly decided and that inbound travel expenses of H– 2B workers do not primarily benefit their employers. 73 FR 78039–41. DOL characterized this discussion as an interpretation of the FLSA, 73 FR 78041, and did not seek public comment on the issue when it issued the H–2B Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 73 FR 29941 (May 22, 2008). Prior to the issuance of the preamble discussion, courts uniformly had held that relocation expenses were primarily for the benefit of employers. This matter concerns important issues as to whether various pre-employment expenses incurred by workers lawfully may result in workers’ weekly wages being reduced below the minimum wage. Because of the reach of FLSA coverage, any interpretation of FLSA regulations has wide-ranging effects; the interpretation of section 203(m) of the FLSA and its regulations in the preamble of the H–2A and H–2B Final Rules may have ramifications well beyond the workers and employers subject to the H–2A and H–2B rules. Indeed, the H–2A and H–2B preamble interpretation of the FLSA is not codified in any regulatory requirement set out in the H–2A and H–2B rules, and DOL did not seek public comment on the issue from the H–2A and H–2B regulated communities. DOL is especially sensitive to potential adverse impacts an interpretation, which was included in the preamble in order to state a policy position of the prior Administration, might have on our Nation’s most vulnerable workers, including low-wage U.S. workers and foreign guest workers. For these reasons, DOL believes that this issue warrants further review. Consequently, in accordance with authority granted under the FLSA, 29 U.S.C. 203(m) and 259, as well as the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(h)(ii)(a), 1101(a)(15)(h)(ii)(b), 1103(a)(6), 1184(c), 1188; 8 CFR 214.2(h); and 20 CFR 655.50(a), DOL withdraws the FLSA interpretation at 73 FR 77148–52 and at 73 FR 78039–41 for further consideration and the interpretation may not be relied upon as a statement of agency policy for purposes of the Portal-to-Portal Act, 29 U.S.C. 259 or otherwise.1 After reconsideration of this issue, DOL will provide the public with interpretive guidance through a 1 On March 17, 2009, DOL proposed to suspend the H–2A Final Rule. 74 FR 11408. The proposed suspension is open to public comment, but regardless of the outcome of the notice of proposed rulemaking, the Department withdraws for further consideration the interpretation of the FLSA that appeared in the preamble to the H–2A Final Rule. VerDate Nov<24>2008 20:28 Mar 25, 2009 Jkt 217001 mechanism established for disseminating the Department’s opinions and interpretations of the FLSA. Signed in Washington, DC, this 20th day of March 2009. Douglas F. Small, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration. Shelby Hallmark, Acting Assistant Secretary, Employment Standards Administration. [FR Doc. E9–6623 Filed 3–25–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FP–P 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. 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 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 2009 and references the current 2009 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. Samuel Wright, Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room C–4510, Washington, DC 20210. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact Mr. Samuel Wright, Telephone (202) 693–2870; Fax (202) 693–3015 (these are not toll free numbers). 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 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 2009 update of the povertylevel guidelines in the Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 14, January 23, 2009, pp. 4199–4201. The HHS 2009 Poverty guidelines may also be found on the Internet at: http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/ 09fedreg.pdf. ETA plans to have the 2009 LLSIL available on its Web site at [http://www.doleta.gov/llsil/2009/]. 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 2008 updates to the LLSIL in the Federal Register of April 25, 2008, at 73 FR 22435 and the corrections to tables 4 and 5 in the Federal Register of June 10, 2008, at 73 FR 32740. These notices again updates the LLSIL to reflect cost of living increases for 2008, by applying the percentage change in the most recent 2008 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI–U) for an area, compared with the 2007 CPI–U to each E:\FR\FM\26MRN1.SGM 26MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 57 / Thursday, March 26, 2009 / Notices of the April 25, 2008 LLSIL figures. Those updated figures for a family-offour are listed in Appendix A, Table 1, by region for both metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas. This year the LLSIL figures for some areas have decreased because the over-the-year change in CPI–U was negative due to the economic downturn. 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, VerDate Nov<24>2008 20:28 Mar 25, 2009 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 2008 figures were updated from the April 2008 ‘‘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 June 2008. 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 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 [http://www.doleta.gov/llsil/2009/]. 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 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13263 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 2009 Under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (Public Law 105–220), the Secretary of Labor annually determines the Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL). This Notice announces the LLSIL Tables for 2009. 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 16th day of March 2009. Douglas F. Small, Deputy Assistant Secretary. Appendix A E:\FR\FM\26MRN1.SGM 26MRN1 13264 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 57 / Thursday, March 26, 2009 / Notices TABLE 1—LOWER LIVING STANDARD INCOME LEVEL (For a family of four persons) by Region 1 2009 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 $37,703 36,086 $26,392 25,260 33,198 31,817 23,239 22,272 32,143 30,986 22,500 21,690 36,664 35,126 25,665 24,588 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 2009 Adjusted LLSIL Region Alaska Metro ................................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro 2 ....................................................................................................................................................... Hawaii, Guam Metro ................................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro 2 ....................................................................................................................................................... 70 percent LLSIL $44,250 44,073 $30,975 30,851 47,622 47,051 33,335 32,936 1 For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest dollar. percent changes for Alaska, Hawaii and Guam were calculated from the CPI–Us for city size class D in the Western Region. 2 Non-Metropolitan Appendix C TABLE 3—LOWER LIVING STANDARD INCOME LEVEL (For a family of four persons) 23 MSAs 1 2009 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 ............................................................................................................... VerDate Nov<24>2008 20:28 Mar 25, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\26MRN1.SGM 26MRN1 $45,356 30,799 41,150 34,947 33,753 34,542 31,333 35,307 31,957 48,670 29,759 32,479 38,822 33,405 33,585 40,205 36,317 40,379 31,917 42,827 38,904 70 percent LLSIL $31,749 21,559 28,805 24,463 23,627 24,179 21,933 24,715 22,370 34,069 20,831 22,735 27,175 23,384 23,510 28,144 25,422 28,265 22,342 29,979 27,233 13265 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 57 / Thursday, March 26, 2009 / Notices TABLE 3—LOWER LIVING STANDARD INCOME LEVEL—Continued (For a family of four persons) 23 MSAs 1 2009 Adjusted LLSIL Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) Seattle—Tacoma—Bremerton, WA ......................................................................................................................... Washington—Baltimore, DC/MD/VA/WV 2 .............................................................................................................. 1 For 40,221 41,013 70 percent LLSIL 28,155 28,709 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 Table 4—Seventy Percent of Updated 2009 Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL), by Family Size To use the seventy 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 seventy percent LLSIL amount for that location. The seventy 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. Family of one Family of two $7,505 ................................ 7,762 .................................. 7,815 .................................. 7,901 .................................. 8,024 .................................. 8,049 .................................. 8,056 .................................. 8,104 .................................. 8,184 .................................. 8,366 .................................. 8,418 .................................. 8,467 .................................. 8,508 .................................. 8,707 .................................. 8,807 .................................. 8,853 .................................. 8,901 .................................. 9,096 .................................. 9,157 .................................. 9,240 .................................. 9,505 .................................. 9,784 .................................. 9,809 .................................. 10,133 ................................ 10,142 ................................ 10,181 ................................ 10,340 ................................ 10,372 ................................ 10,798 ................................ 11,111 ................................ 11,157 ................................ 11,435 ................................ 11,861 ................................ 12,007 ................................ 12,270 ................................ VerDate Nov<24>2008 20:28 Mar 25, 2009 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 seventy 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. Family of three $12,296 12,722 12,802 12,947 13,144 13,187 13,199 13,278 13,416 13,714 13,798 13,874 13,945 14,272 14,439 14,509 14,587 14,909 15,002 15,142 15,578 16,034 16,073 16,609 16,613 16,683 16,945 16,997 17,689 18,203 18,277 18,739 19,437 19,670 20,102 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Family of four $16,876 17,470 17,571 17,771 18,044 18,101 18,123 18,225 18,421 18,824 18,943 19,048 19,144 19,588 19,815 19,921 20,025 20,467 20,595 20,790 21,379 22,013 22,060 22,797 22,809 22,901 23,258 23,339 24,287 24,992 25,094 25,720 26,681 27,007 27,596 Frm 00093 Fmt 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 2009 HHS poverty guidelines found in the Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 14, January 23, 2009, pp. 4199–4201 (on the Internet at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/ 09fedreg.pdf) 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. Sfmt 4703 Family of five $20,831 21,559 21,690 21,933 22,272 22,342 22,370 22,500 22,735 23,239 23,384 23,510 23,627 24,179 24,463 24,588 24,715 25,260 25,422 25,665 26,392 27,175 27,233 28,144 28,155 28,265 28,709 28,805 29,979 30,851 30,975 31,749 32,936 33,335 34,069 E:\FR\FM\26MRN1.SGM $24,585 25,444 25,597 25,887 26,288 26,367 26,398 26,556 26,831 27,422 27,596 27,747 27,884 28,536 28,871 29,019 29,166 29,812 30,004 30,285 31,148 32,068 32,138 33,210 33,226 33,359 33,884 33,995 35,379 36,406 36,554 37,471 38,866 39,339 40,203 26MRN1 Family of six $28,751 29,754 29,935 30,272 30,742 30,832 30,870 31,058 31,379 32,075 32,272 32,449 32,608 33,369 33,766 33,939 34,110 34,859 35,085 35,422 36,424 37,507 37,587 38,845 38,856 39,011 39,626 39,752 41,377 42,575 42,753 43,815 45,453 4,6010 47,022 13266 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 57 / Thursday, March 26, 2009 / Notices Appendix E Table 5—Updated 2009 LLSIL (100%), By Family Size To use the LLSIL to determine the minimum level for establishing selfsufficiency criteria at the State or local level, begin by locating the metropolitan Family of one Family of two $10,722 .............................. 11,089 ................................ 11,164 ................................ 11,287 ................................ 11,463 ................................ 11,499 ................................ 11,509 ................................ 11,577 ................................ 11,692 ................................ 11,952 ................................ 12,026 ................................ 12,095 ................................ 12,154 ................................ 12,438 ................................ 12,582 ................................ 12,647 ................................ 12,716 ................................ 12,994 ................................ 13,081 ................................ 13,200 ................................ 13,578 ................................ 13,977 ................................ 14,013 ................................ 14,476 ................................ 14,489 ................................ 14,544 ................................ 14,771 ................................ 14,817 ................................ 15,426 ................................ 15,873 ................................ 15,938 ................................ 16,336 ................................ 16,944 ................................ 17,153 ................................ 17,528 ................................ BILLING CODE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA–2009–0006] Reports of Injuries to Employees Operating Mechanical Power Presses; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Approval of an Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirement AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor. ACTION: Request for public comment. SUMMARY: OSHA solicits comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection 20:28 Mar 25, 2009 Family of three $17,566 18,174 18,289 18,496 18,777 18,838 18,855 18,969 19,166 19,592 19,712 19,820 19,922 20,389 20,627 20,727 20,838 21,299 21,432 21,632 22,254 22,905 22,961 23,727 23,733 23,833 24,207 24,282 25,270 26,004 26,110 26,770 27,767 28,100 28,717 [FR Doc. E9–6618 Filed 3–25–09; 8:45 am] VerDate Nov<24>2008 area or region from Table 1, 2 or 3. Then locate the appropriate region or metropolitan statistical area and then find the 2009 Adjusted LLSIL amount for that location. These figures apply to a family of four. Locate the corresponding number in the family of Jkt 217001 Family of four $24,109 24,957 25,101 25,387 25,777 25,858 25,890 26,036 26,316 26,891 27,062 27,211 27,348 27,983 28,307 28,458 28,607 29,239 29,421 29,700 30,542 31,447 31,514 32,567 32,584 32,715 33,226 33,341 34,696 35,703 35,849 36,743 38,115 38,581 39,423 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Family of five $29,759 30,799 30,986 31,333 31,817 31,917 31,957 32,143 32,479 33,198 33,405 33,585 33,753 34,542 34,947 35,126 35,307 36,086 36,317 36,664 37,703 38,822 38,904 40,205 40,221 40,379 41,013 41,150 42,827 44,073 44,250 45,356 47,051 47,622 48,670 requirement contained in the Provision on Reports of Injuries to Employees Operating Mechanical Power Presses (29 CFR 1910.217(g)). DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by May 26, 2009. ADDRESSES: Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments electronically at http:// www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting comments. Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer than 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693–1648. Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service: When using this method, you must submit three copies of your comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, PO 00000 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. $35,121 36,348 36,567 36,982 37,554 37,667 37,712 37,937 38,330 39,174 39,423 39,638 39,834 40,766 41,244 41,455 41,665 42,589 42,863 43,264 44,497 45,811 45,911 47,443 47,466 47,656 48,405 48,564 50,541 52,009 52,220 53,530 55,523 56,199 57,433 Family of six $41,073 42,505 42,764 43,246 43,917 44,046 44,100 44,369 44,827 45,822 46,103 46,355 46,583 47,670 48,237 48,484 48,729 49,799 50,121 50,603 52,034 53,582 53,696 55,493 55,508 55,730 56,609 56,789 59,110 60,821 61,075 62,593 64,933 65,728 67,174 Docket No. OSHA–2009–0006, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N–2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210. Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and courier service) are accepted during the Department of Labor’s and Docket Office’s normal business hours, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., e.t. Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and OSHA docket number for the ICR (OSHA– 2009–0006). All comments, including any personal information you provide, are placed in the public docket without change, and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov. For further information on submitting comments see the ‘‘Public Participation’’ heading in the section of this notice titled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. E:\FR\FM\26MRN1.SGM 26MRN1

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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 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 2009 and references the current 2009 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. Samuel Wright, Department of 
Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue, 
NW., Room C-4510, Washington, DC 20210.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact Mr. Samuel Wright, 
Telephone (202) 693-2870; Fax (202) 693-3015 (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 2009 update of the 
poverty-level guidelines in the Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 14, 
January 23, 2009, pp. 4199-4201. The HHS 2009 Poverty guidelines may 
also be found on the Internet at: http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/09fedreg.pdf. ETA plans to have the 2009 LLSIL available on its Web 
site at [http://www.doleta.gov/llsil/2009/].
    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 2008 updates to the LLSIL in the Federal Register 
of April 25, 2008, at 73 FR 22435 and the corrections to tables 4 and 5 
in the Federal Register of June 10, 2008, at 73 FR 32740. These notices 
again updates the LLSIL to reflect cost of living increases for 2008, 
by applying the percentage change in the most recent 2008 Consumer 
Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for an area, compared with 
the 2007 CPI-U to each

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of the April 25, 2008 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. This year the LLSIL figures 
for some areas have decreased because the over-the-year change in CPI-U 
was negative due to the economic downturn. 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 2008 figures were updated 
from the April 2008 ``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 June 2008. 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 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 [http://www.doleta.gov/llsil/2009/]. 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 2009

    Under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (Public Law 
105-220), the Secretary of Labor annually determines the Lower Living 
Standard Income Level (LLSIL). This Notice announces the LLSIL Tables 
for 2009. 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 16th day of March 2009.
Douglas F. Small,
Deputy Assistant Secretary.

Appendix A

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               Table 1--Lower Living Standard Income Level
              (For a family of four persons) by Region \1\
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                           2009 Adjusted    70 percent
               Region \2\                      LLSIL           LLSIL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Northeast
    Metro...............................         $37,703         $26,392
    Non-Metro \3\.......................          36,086          25,260
Midwest
    Metro...............................          33,198          23,239
    Non-Metro...........................          31,817          22,272
South
    Metro...............................          32,143          22,500
    Non-Metro...........................          30,986          21,690
West
    Metro...............................          36,664          25,665
    Non-Metro \4\.......................          35,126         24,588
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\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\
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                           2009 Adjusted    70 percent
                 Region                        LLSIL           LLSIL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Alaska
    Metro...............................         $44,250         $30,975
    Non-Metro \2\.......................          44,073          30,851
Hawaii, Guam
    Metro...............................          47,622          33,335
    Non-Metro \2\.......................          47,051         32,936
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest
  dollar.
\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\
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                           2009 Adjusted    70 percent
  Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)        LLSIL           LLSIL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Anchorage, AK...........................         $45,356         $31,749
Atlanta, GA.............................          30,799          21,559
Boston--Brockton--Nashua, MA/NH/ME/CT...          41,150          28,805
Chicago--Gary--Kenosha, IL/IN/WI........          34,947          24,463
Cincinnati--Hamilton, OH/KY/IN..........          33,753          23,627
Cleveland--Akron, OH....................          34,542          24,179
Dallas--Ft. Worth, TX...................          31,333          21,933
Denver--Boulder--Greeley, CO............          35,307          24,715
Detroit--Ann Arbor--Flint, MI...........          31,957          22,370
Honolulu, HI............................          48,670          34,069
Houston--Galveston--Brazoria, TX........          29,759          20,831
Kansas City, MO/KS......................          32,479          22,735
Los Angeles--Riverside--Orange County,            38,822          27,175
 CA.....................................
Milwaukee--Racine, WI...................          33,405          23,384
Minneapolis--St. Paul, MN/WI............          33,585          23,510
New York--Northern NJ--Long Island, NY/           40,205          28,144
 NJ/CT/PA...............................
Philadelphia--Wilmington--Atlantic City,          36,317          25,422
 PA/NJ/DE/MD............................
Pittsburgh, PA..........................          40,379          28,265
St. Louis, MO/IL........................          31,917          22,342
San Diego, CA...........................          42,827          29,979
San Francisco--Oakland--San Jose, CA....          38,904          27,233

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Seattle--Tacoma--Bremerton, WA..........          40,221          28,155
Washington--Baltimore, DC/MD/VA/WV \2\..          41,013         28,709
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\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 2009 Lower Living Standard Income 
Level (LLSIL), by Family Size

    To use the seventy 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 seventy 
percent LLSIL amount for that location. The seventy 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 seventy 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 2009 
HHS poverty guidelines found in the Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 14, 
January 23, 2009, pp. 4199-4201 (on the Internet at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/09fedreg.pdf) 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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                 Family of one                      Family of two       Family of three       Family of four       Family of five       Family of six
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$7,505.........................................              $12,296              $16,876              $20,831              $24,585              $28,751
7,762..........................................               12,722               17,470               21,559               25,444               29,754
7,815..........................................               12,802               17,571               21,690               25,597               29,935
7,901..........................................               12,947               17,771               21,933               25,887               30,272
8,024..........................................               13,144               18,044               22,272               26,288               30,742
8,049..........................................               13,187               18,101               22,342               26,367               30,832
8,056..........................................               13,199               18,123               22,370               26,398               30,870
8,104..........................................               13,278               18,225               22,500               26,556               31,058
8,184..........................................               13,416               18,421               22,735               26,831               31,379
8,366..........................................               13,714               18,824               23,239               27,422               32,075
8,418..........................................               13,798               18,943               23,384               27,596               32,272
8,467..........................................               13,874               19,048               23,510               27,747               32,449
8,508..........................................               13,945               19,144               23,627               27,884               32,608
8,707..........................................               14,272               19,588               24,179               28,536               33,369
8,807..........................................               14,439               19,815               24,463               28,871               33,766
8,853..........................................               14,509               19,921               24,588               29,019               33,939
8,901..........................................               14,587               20,025               24,715               29,166               34,110
9,096..........................................               14,909               20,467               25,260               29,812               34,859
9,157..........................................               15,002               20,595               25,422               30,004               35,085
9,240..........................................               15,142               20,790               25,665               30,285               35,422
9,505..........................................               15,578               21,379               26,392               31,148               36,424
9,784..........................................               16,034               22,013               27,175               32,068               37,507
9,809..........................................               16,073               22,060               27,233               32,138               37,587
10,133.........................................               16,609               22,797               28,144               33,210               38,845
10,142.........................................               16,613               22,809               28,155               33,226               38,856
10,181.........................................               16,683               22,901               28,265               33,359               39,011
10,340.........................................               16,945               23,258               28,709               33,884               39,626
10,372.........................................               16,997               23,339               28,805               33,995               39,752
10,798.........................................               17,689               24,287               29,979               35,379               41,377
11,111.........................................               18,203               24,992               30,851               36,406               42,575
11,157.........................................               18,277               25,094               30,975               36,554               42,753
11,435.........................................               18,739               25,720               31,749               37,471               43,815
11,861.........................................               19,437               26,681               32,936               38,866               45,453
12,007.........................................               19,670               27,007               33,335               39,339               4,6010
12,270.........................................               20,102               27,596               34,069               40,203               47,022
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Appendix E

Table 5--Updated 2009 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 2009 Adjusted LLSIL amount for that location. These figures 
apply to a family of four. Locate the corresponding 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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                 Family of one                      Family of two       Family of three       Family of four       Family of five       Family of six
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$10,722........................................              $17,566              $24,109              $29,759              $35,121              $41,073
11,089.........................................               18,174               24,957               30,799               36,348               42,505
11,164.........................................               18,289               25,101               30,986               36,567               42,764
11,287.........................................               18,496               25,387               31,333               36,982               43,246
11,463.........................................               18,777               25,777               31,817               37,554               43,917
11,499.........................................               18,838               25,858               31,917               37,667               44,046
11,509.........................................               18,855               25,890               31,957               37,712               44,100
11,577.........................................               18,969               26,036               32,143               37,937               44,369
11,692.........................................               19,166               26,316               32,479               38,330               44,827
11,952.........................................               19,592               26,891               33,198               39,174               45,822
12,026.........................................               19,712               27,062               33,405               39,423               46,103
12,095.........................................               19,820               27,211               33,585               39,638               46,355
12,154.........................................               19,922               27,348               33,753               39,834               46,583
12,438.........................................               20,389               27,983               34,542               40,766               47,670
12,582.........................................               20,627               28,307               34,947               41,244               48,237
12,647.........................................               20,727               28,458               35,126               41,455               48,484
12,716.........................................               20,838               28,607               35,307               41,665               48,729
12,994.........................................               21,299               29,239               36,086               42,589               49,799
13,081.........................................               21,432               29,421               36,317               42,863               50,121
13,200.........................................               21,632               29,700               36,664               43,264               50,603
13,578.........................................               22,254               30,542               37,703               44,497               52,034
13,977.........................................               22,905               31,447               38,822               45,811               53,582
14,013.........................................               22,961               31,514               38,904               45,911               53,696
14,476.........................................               23,727               32,567               40,205               47,443               55,493
14,489.........................................               23,733               32,584               40,221               47,466               55,508
14,544.........................................               23,833               32,715               40,379               47,656               55,730
14,771.........................................               24,207               33,226               41,013               48,405               56,609
14,817.........................................               24,282               33,341               41,150               48,564               56,789
15,426.........................................               25,270               34,696               42,827               50,541               59,110
15,873.........................................               26,004               35,703               44,073               52,009               60,821
15,938.........................................               26,110               35,849               44,250               52,220               61,075
16,336.........................................               26,770               36,743               45,356               53,530               62,593
16,944.........................................               27,767               38,115               47,051               55,523               64,933
17,153.........................................               28,100               38,581               47,622               56,199               65,728
17,528.........................................               28,717               39,423               48,670               57,433               67,174
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