Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 2018 Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL), 24495-24501 [2018-11461]

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[FR Doc. 2018–11359 Filed 5–25–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–15–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employee Benefits Security Administration daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 191st Meeting of the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans; Notice of Meeting Pursuant to the authority contained in Section 512 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. 1142, the 191st meeting of the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans (also known as the ERISA Advisory Council) will be held on June 19–21, 2018. The three-day meeting will take place at the U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210 in C5521 Room 4. The meeting will run from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. on June 19–20 with a one hour break for lunch each day, and from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on June 21. 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[FR Doc. 2018–11432 Filed 5–25–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–29–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 2018 Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Title I of WIOA (Pub. L. 113– 128) requires the U.S. Secretary of Labor (Secretary) to update and publish the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24495 LLSIL tables annually, for uses described in the law (including determining eligibility for youth). WIOA defines the term ‘‘low income individual’’ as one whose total family income 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 2018 and references the current 2018 Health and Human Services ‘‘Poverty Guidelines.’’ DATES: This notice is applicable May 29, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT OR QUESTIONS ON LLSIL: Please contact Samuel Wright, Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room C–4526, Washington, DC 20210; Telephone: 202–693–2870; Fax: 202–693–3015 (these are not toll-free numbers); Email address: wright.samuel.e@dol.gov. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone number above via Text Telephone (TTY/TDD) by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1– 877–889–5627 (TTY/TDD). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT OR QUESTIONS ON FEDERAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS: Please contact Jennifer Kemp, Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N–4464, Washington, DC 20210; Telephone: 202–693–3377; Fax: 202–693–3113 (these are not toll-free numbers); Email: kemp.jennifer.n@dol.gov. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone number above via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1–877– 889–5627 (TTY/TDD). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of WIOA is to provide workforce investment activities through statewide and local workforce investment systems that increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants. WIOA programs are intended to increase the occupational skill attainment by participants and the quality of the workforce, thereby reducing welfare dependency and enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of the Nation. LLSIL is used for several purposes under the WIOA. Specifically, WIOA section 3(36) 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 E:\FR\FM\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 24496 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 103 / Tuesday, May 29, 2018 / Notices workforce development boards (WDs) use the LLSIL for determining eligibility for youth and adults for certain services. ETA encourages governors and State/ local boards to consult the WIOA operating guidance, and after its publication, the WIOA Final Rule, for more specific guidance in applying LLSIL to program requirements. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the most current poverty-level guidelines in the Federal Register on January 18, 2018 (Volume 83, Number 12), pp. 2642– 2644. The HHS 2018 Poverty guidelines may also be found on the internet at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines. ETA plans to have the 2018 LLSIL available on its website at http:// www.doleta.gov/llsil. WIOA Section 3(36)(B) defines 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 fall 1981. The four-person urban family budget estimates, previously published by the U.S. 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, which ETA then uses to develop the LLSIL tables, as provided in the Appendices to this Federal Register notice. ETA published the 2017 updates to the LLSIL in the Federal Register of May 23, 2017, at Vol. 82, No.98 pp. 23595–23601. This notice again updates the LLSIL to reflect cost of living increases for 2017, by calculating the percentage change in the most recent 2017 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI–U) for an area to the 2017 CPI–U, and then applying this calculation to each of the May 23, 2017 LLSIL figures for the 2018 LLSIL. The updated figures for a four-person family are listed in Appendix A, Table 1, by region for both metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas. Numbers in all of the Appendix tables are rounded up to the nearest dollar. Since program eligibility for ‘‘low-income individuals’’, ‘‘disadvantaged adults’’ and ‘‘disadvantaged youth’’ may be determined by family income at 70 percent of the LLSIL, pursuant to WIOA Section 3 (36)(A)(ii) and Section 3(36)(B), respectively, those figures are listed as well. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:39 May 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 I. Jurisdictions Jurisdictions included in the various regions, based generally on the Census Regions of the U.S. Department of Commerce, are as follows: A. Northeast Connecticut Maine Massachusetts New Hampshire New Jersey New York Pennsylvania Rhode Island Vermont Virgin Islands B. Midwest Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Michigan Minnesota Missouri Nebraska North Dakota Ohio South Dakota Wisconsin C. 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 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, which adjust a family of four figure for larger and smaller families, may be used with any LLSIL designated area. 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 LLSIL figure, the governor may determine which is to be used. A state’s policies and measures for the workforce investment system shall be accepted by the Secretary to the extent D. West Arizona California Colorado Idaho Montana Nevada New Mexico Oregon Utah Washington Wyoming PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Additionally, separate figures have been provided for Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam as indicated in Appendix B, Table 2. Data on 23 selected Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) are also available. These are based on annual CPI–U changes for a 12-month period ending in December 2017. The updated LLSIL figures for these MSAs and 70 percent of LLSIL are reported in Appendix C, Table 3. Appendix D, Table 4 lists each of the various figures at 70 percent of the updated 2017 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 separately determine the LLSIL for families of between one and 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 70 percent of the LLSIL figure, the figure is shaded. A modified Microsoft Excel version of Appendix D, Table 4, with the area names, will be available on the ETA LLSIL website at http://www.doleta.gov/llsil. 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 Section 3 (36)(a)(ii) and Section 3 (36)(B),(C)(ii) in WIOA. Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1 24497 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 103 / Tuesday, May 29, 2018 / Notices that they are consistent with WIOA and WIOA regulations. III. Disclaimer on Statistical Uses It should be noted that publication of these figures is only for the purpose of meeting the requirements specified by WIOA 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 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 WIOA as defined in the law and regulations. Appendix A TABLE 1—LOWER LIVING STANDARD INCOME LEVEL (FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR PERSONS) BY REGION 1 2018 adjusted LLSIL Region 1 Northeast 2: Metro ................................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro 3 ....................................................................................................................................................... Midwest: Metro ................................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro ......................................................................................................................................................... South: Metro ................................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro ......................................................................................................................................................... West: Metro ................................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro 4 ....................................................................................................................................................... 70 percent LLSIL $43,738 43,133 $30,617 30,193 38,320 36,784 26,824 25,764 37,323 36,499 26,126 25,549 43,252 42,968 30,277 30,078 1 For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next dollar. area measures were calculated from the weighted average CPI–U’s for city size classes A and B/C. Non-metropolitan area measures were calculated from the CPI–U’s 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 based on unpublished BLS data. 2 Metropolitan Appendix B TABLE 2—LOWER LIVING STANDARD INCOME LEVEL (FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR PERSONS), FOR ALASKA, HAWAII AND GUAM 1 2018 adjusted LLSIL Region 1 Alaska: Metro ................................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro 2 ....................................................................................................................................................... Hawaii, Guam: Metro ................................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro 2 ....................................................................................................................................................... 70 percent LLSIL $49,485 55,570 $34,639 38,899 55,194 59,325 38,636 41,527 1 For ease of use, these figures are rounded. percent changes for Alaska, Hawaii and Guam were calculated from the CPI–U’s for all urban consumers for city size class D in the Western Region. Generally the non-metro areas LLSIL is lower than the LLSIL in metro areas. This year the non-metro area LLSIL incomes were larger because the change in CPI–U was smaller in the metro areas compared to the change in CPI–U in the non-metro areas of Alaska, Hawaii and Guam. 2 Non-Metropolitan Appendix C TABLE 3—LOWER LIVING STANDARD INCOME LEVEL (FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR PERSONS), FOR 23 SELECTED MSAS 1 2018 adjusted LLSIL daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) 1 Anchorage, AK 2 ...................................................................................................................................................... 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 2 .................................................................................................................................... Honolulu, HI ............................................................................................................................................................. Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX ............................................................................................................................. Kansas City, MO/KS ................................................................................................................................................ VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:39 May 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1 $49,539 36,107 47,176 38,768 37,500 38,293 35,520 41,362 36,516 55,968 36,107 36,114 70 percent LLSIL $34,677 25,275 33,023 27,138 26,250 26,805 24,864 28,954 25,561 39,178 25,275 25,280 24498 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 103 / Tuesday, May 29, 2018 / Notices TABLE 3—LOWER LIVING STANDARD INCOME LEVEL (FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR PERSONS), FOR 23 SELECTED MSAS 1— Continued 2018 adjusted LLSIL Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) 1 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA 2 .......................................................................................................... Milwaukee-Racine, WI ............................................................................................................................................. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN/WI ................................................................................................................................... New York-Northern NJ-Long Island, NY/NJ/CT/PA 2 .............................................................................................. 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 44,149 37,664 38,359 46,413 41,635 46,664 35,426 49,297 48,246 47,434 46,697 70 percent LLSIL 30,904 26,365 26,851 32,489 29,144 32,665 24,798 34,508 33,772 33,204 32,688 ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next dollar. as a single metropolitan statistical area. 2 Calculated Appendix D Table 4: 70 Percent of Updated 2018 Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL), by Family Size daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES To use the 70 percent LLSIL value, where it is stipulated for the WIOA programs, begin by locating the region or metropolitan area where the program applicant resides. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:39 May 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 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 PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 economically disadvantaged under the WIOA. 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 2017 HHS poverty guidelines found on the Health and Human Services website at https:// aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines 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\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 103 / Tuesday, May 29, 2018 / Notices Family Of One Family Family Family Family Family of Two of Three of Four of Five 24499 of Six 34,223 34,317 34,884 30,151 35,260 30,164 35,273 30,392 35,542 21,162 26,126 30,835 36,063 21,269 26,250 30,979 36,228 21,358 26,365 31,114 36,387 21 ,715 26,805 31,634 36,992 21,728 26,824 31,653 37,025 21,755 26,851 31,691 37,061 21 ,981 27,138 32,027 37,458 23,459 28,954 34,167 39,960 17,200 23,610 29,144 34,398 40,222 17,748 24,368 30,078 35,498 41 ,516 17,820 24,464 30,193 35,634 41,666 17,864 24,526 30,277 35,727 41,787 18,071 24,802 30,617 36,134 42,254 18,234 25,034 30,904 36,468 42,654 19,173 26,317 32,489 38,338 44,843 19,280 26,465 32,665 38,551 45,083 19,293 26,482 32,688 38,579 45,118 19,487 26,757 33,023 38,973 45,574 PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1 EN29MY18.004</GPH> 34,891 25,749 Jkt 244001 29,834 25,561 16:39 May 25, 2018 34,882 25,549 VerDate Sep<11>2014 29,828 25,280 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 25,275 24500 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 103 / Tuesday, May 29, 2018 / Notices BILLING CODE 4510–FT–C Appendix E Table 5: Updated 2018 LLSIL (100 Percent), 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 2015 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 that States must set for determining whether employment leads to self-sufficiency under WIOA programs. Family of two Family of three Family of four Family of five Family of six 12,763 12,794 13,009 13,001 13,001 13,150 13,150 13,255 13,442 13,503 13,559 13,789 13,797 13,815 13,957 14,897 14,997 15,471 15,531 15,572 15,752 15,895 16,711 16,808 16,818 16,987 17,087 17,378 17,756 17,823 17,843 19,881 20,014 20,156 21,364 20,910 20,966 21,313 21,307 21,312 21,543 21,545 21,703 22,026 22,133 22,225 22,603 22,615 22,637 22,882 24,412 24,571 25,355 25,458 25,519 25,816 26,048 27,391 27,543 27,561 27,839 27,989 28,475 29,087 29,199 29,239 32,568 32,787 33,024 35,011 28,701 28,779 29,252 29,258 29,261 29,567 29,583 29,798 30,231 30,384 30,512 31,021 31,040 31,079 31,401 33,513 33,729 34,812 34,948 35,037 35,431 35,763 37,596 37,807 37,831 38,224 38,428 39,082 39,937 40,090 40,132 44,716 45,016 45,334 48,058 35,426 35,520 36,107 36,107 36,114 36,499 36,516 36,784 37,323 37,500 37,664 38,293 38,320 38,359 38,768 41,362 41,635 42,968 43,133 43,252 43,738 44,149 46,413 46,664 46,697 47,176 47,434 48,246 49,297 49,485 49,539 55,194 55,570 55,968 59,325 41,809 41,923 42,612 42,612 42,620 43,072 43,091 43,418 44,050 44,256 44,449 45,192 45,219 45,273 45,753 48,810 49,139 50,712 50,906 51,039 51,620 52,097 54,768 55,073 55,112 55,676 55,978 56,936 58,176 58,397 58,466 65,134 65,576 66,045 70,007 48,889 49,024 49,834 49,831 49,845 50,372 50,391 50,774 51,518 51,754 51,981 52,845 52,893 52,944 53,511 57,086 57,461 59,309 59,523 59,696 60,363 60,935 64,061 64,404 64,454 65,106 65,463 66,591 68,039 68,301 68,366 76,179 76,686 77,247 81,872 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:43 May 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1 EN29MY18.005</GPH> daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Family of one Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 103 / Tuesday, May 29, 2018 / Notices Rosemary Lahasky, Deputy Assistant Secretary. Management and Budget (OMB) for final approval. This program helps to ensure requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements can be properly assessed. [FR Doc. 2018–11461 Filed 5–25–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FT–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration I. Background Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; PreApprenticeship—Pathways to Success ACTION: Notice. The Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA), is soliciting comments concerning a proposed extension for the authority to conduct the information collection request (ICR) titled, ‘‘Pre-Apprenticeship—Pathways to Success.’’ This comment request is part of continuing Departmental efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). SUMMARY: Consideration will be given to all written comments received by July 30, 2018. ADDRESSES: A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation; including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained free by contacting Amy Firestone by telephone at 202–693– 3998, TTY at 1–877–889–5627, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at firestone.amy@dol.gov. Submit written comments about, or requests for a copy of, this ICR by mail or courier to U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Apprenticeship, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room C–5321, Washington, DC 20210; by email: firestone.amy@dol.gov; or by Fax 202– 693–3799. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Amy Firestone by telephone at 202–693–3998 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at firestone.amy@ dol.gov. DATES: Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A). The DOL, as part of continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information before submitting them to the Office of daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:39 May 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 Through a variety of approaches, preapprenticeship programs can be adapted to meet the needs to train different populations, the various employers and other sponsors they serve, and the specific opportunities available in the local labor market. The online database of quality pre-apprenticeship programs provides a valuable tool for job seekers, apprenticeship programs, and American Job Centers’ front line staff. A dedicated database provides a way for job seekers and apprenticeship programs to access pre-apprenticeship programs that meet the requirements outlined in Training and Employment Notice (TEN) 13–12: ‘‘Defining a Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Program and Related Tools and Resources.’’ The ‘‘Pre-apprenticeship— Pathways to Success’’ database enables ETA to identify pre-apprenticeship programs that meet the ‘‘quality preapprenticeship’’ definition and the quality framework criteria. Even more importantly, a national database of preapprenticeship programs facilitates connections between pre-apprenticeship program participants and apprenticeship programs, resulting in expanded opportunities. This voluntary data is collected using an online form. The public seeking information about pre-apprenticeship programs goes to a map on a website, chooses a state, and views information about the location of pre-apprenticeship programs, including general descriptions of the services and training they provide. ETA is proposing an extension for the authority to conduct the information collection ‘‘PreApprenticeship—Pathways to Success,’’ to continue to utilize the database and make updates to the online form. During the past several years, ETA has worked to expand pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships with new companies in high demand industries. The collection instrument is adding several questions to reflect the expansion of the apprenticeship system as outlined in the 2017 Presidential Executive Order ‘‘Expanding Apprenticeships in America’’ https://www.whitehouse.gov/ presidential-actions/3245/, particularly incorporating secondary and postsecondary institutions as potential providers of pre-apprenticeship programs. PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24501 The current online form does not contain questions on new types of programs and their employer and educational institution partners. This data is instrumental in helping expand the functionality and usage of the database. The National Apprenticeship Act of 1937, (subsequently referred to as ‘‘the Act’’) Section 50 (29 U.S.C. 50), authorizes and directs the Secretary of Labor ‘‘to formulate and promote the furtherance of labor standards necessary to safeguard the welfare of apprentices, to extend the application of such standards by encouraging the inclusion thereof in contracts of apprenticeship, to bring together employers and labor for formulating programs of apprenticeship, to cooperate with State Apprenticeship Agencies (SAAs) engaged in formulating and promoting standards of apprenticeship, and to cooperate with the Secretary of Education in accordance with Section 17 of Title 20. Section 50a of the Act authorizes the Secretary of Labor to ‘‘publish information relating to existing and proposed labor standards of apprenticeship,’’ and to ‘‘appoint national advisory committees . . .’’ (29 U.S.C. 50a). The administration of the system is guided by Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 29, regulations that were updated in 2008 to address the 21st century workforce needs as well as enhance accountability of the recognized SAAs. The DOL authorizes this information collection. This information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is generally not required to respond to an information collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information that does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. Interested parties are encouraged to provide comments to the contact shown in the ADDRESSES section. Comments must be written to receive consideration, and they will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval of the final ICR. In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB control number 1205– 0520. Submitted comments will also be a matter of public record for this ICR and posted on the internet, without redaction. The DOL encourages E:\FR\FM\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 103 (Tuesday, May 29, 2018)]
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[FR Doc No: 2018-11461]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 2018 Lower Living 
Standard Income Level (LLSIL)

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Title I of WIOA (Pub. L. 113-128) requires the U.S. Secretary 
of Labor (Secretary) to update and publish the LLSIL tables annually, 
for uses described in the law (including determining eligibility for 
youth). WIOA defines the term ``low income individual'' as one whose 
total family income 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 2018 and references the current 2018 Health and Human 
Services ``Poverty Guidelines.''

DATES: This notice is applicable May 29, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT OR QUESTIONS ON LLSIL:  Please contact 
Samuel Wright, Department of Labor, Employment and Training 
Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room C-4526, Washington, 
DC 20210; Telephone: 202-693-2870; Fax: 202-693-3015 (these are not 
toll-free numbers); Email address: [email protected]. Individuals 
with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone number 
above via Text Telephone (TTY/TDD) by calling the toll-free Federal 
Information Relay Service at 1-877-889-5627 (TTY/TDD).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT OR QUESTIONS ON FEDERAL YOUTH 
EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS:  Please contact Jennifer Kemp, Department of 
Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue 
NW., Room N-4464, Washington, DC 20210; Telephone: 202-693-3377; Fax: 
202-693-3113 (these are not toll-free numbers); Email: 
[email protected]. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments 
may access the telephone number above via TTY by calling the toll-free 
Federal Information Relay Service at 1-877-889-5627 (TTY/TDD).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of WIOA is to provide workforce 
investment activities through statewide and local workforce investment 
systems that increase the employment, retention, and earnings of 
participants. WIOA programs are intended to increase the occupational 
skill attainment by participants and the quality of the workforce, 
thereby reducing welfare dependency and enhancing the productivity and 
competitiveness of the Nation.
    LLSIL is used for several purposes under the WIOA. Specifically, 
WIOA section 3(36) 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

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workforce development boards (WDs) use the LLSIL for determining 
eligibility for youth and adults for certain services. ETA encourages 
governors and State/local boards to consult the WIOA operating 
guidance, and after its publication, the WIOA Final Rule, for more 
specific guidance in applying LLSIL to program requirements. The U.S. 
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the most 
current poverty-level guidelines in the Federal Register on January 18, 
2018 (Volume 83, Number 12), pp. 2642-2644. The HHS 2018 Poverty 
guidelines may also be found on the internet at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines. ETA plans to have the 2018 LLSIL available on its 
website at http://www.doleta.gov/llsil.
    WIOA Section 3(36)(B) defines 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 fall 1981. The four-person urban family budget estimates, previously 
published by the U.S. 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, which ETA then 
uses to develop the LLSIL tables, as provided in the Appendices to this 
Federal Register notice.
    ETA published the 2017 updates to the LLSIL in the Federal Register 
of May 23, 2017, at Vol. 82, No.98 pp. 23595-23601. This notice again 
updates the LLSIL to reflect cost of living increases for 2017, by 
calculating the percentage change in the most recent 2017 Consumer 
Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for an area to the 2017 
CPI-U, and then applying this calculation to each of the May 23, 2017 
LLSIL figures for the 2018 LLSIL.
    The updated figures for a four-person family are listed in Appendix 
A, Table 1, by region for both metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas. 
Numbers in all of the Appendix tables are rounded up to the nearest 
dollar. Since program eligibility for ``low-income individuals'', 
``disadvantaged adults'' and ``disadvantaged youth'' may be determined 
by family income at 70 percent of the LLSIL, pursuant to WIOA Section 3 
(36)(A)(ii) and Section 3(36)(B), respectively, those figures are 
listed as well.

I. Jurisdictions

    Jurisdictions included in the various regions, based generally on 
the Census Regions of the U.S. Department of Commerce, are as follows:

A. Northeast

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

B. Midwest

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

C. 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

D. 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.
    Data on 23 selected Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) are also 
available. These are based on annual CPI-U changes for a 12-month 
period ending in December 2017. The updated LLSIL figures for these 
MSAs and 70 percent of LLSIL are reported in Appendix C, Table 3.
    Appendix D, Table 4 lists each of the various figures at 70 percent 
of the updated 2017 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 separately determine the LLSIL for families of between 
one and 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 70 
percent of the LLSIL figure, the figure is shaded. A modified Microsoft 
Excel version of Appendix D, Table 4, with the area names, will be 
available on the ETA LLSIL website at http://www.doleta.gov/llsil. 
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 
Section 3 (36)(a)(ii) and Section 3 (36)(B),(C)(ii) in WIOA.

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, which adjust a family 
of four figure for larger and smaller families, may be used with any 
LLSIL designated area. 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 LLSIL figure, the governor may determine which is to be used.
    A state's policies and measures for the workforce investment system 
shall be accepted by the Secretary to the extent

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that they are consistent with WIOA and WIOA regulations.

III. Disclaimer on Statistical Uses

    It should be noted that publication of these figures is only for 
the purpose of meeting the requirements specified by WIOA 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 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 WIOA as defined in the law and regulations.

Appendix A

    Table 1--Lower Living Standard Income Level (for a Family of Four
                         Persons) by Region \1\
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                           2018 adjusted    70 percent
               Region \1\                      LLSIL           LLSIL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Northeast \2\:
    Metro...............................         $43,738         $30,617
    Non-Metro \3\.......................          43,133          30,193
Midwest:
    Metro...............................          38,320          26,824
    Non-Metro...........................          36,784          25,764
South:
    Metro...............................          37,323          26,126
    Non-Metro...........................          36,499          25,549
West:
    Metro...............................          43,252          30,277
    Non-Metro \4\.......................          42,968          30,078
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next dollar.
\2\ Metropolitan area measures were calculated from the weighted average
  CPI-U's for city size classes A and B/C. Non-metropolitan area
  measures were calculated from the CPI-U's 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 based
  on unpublished BLS data.

Appendix B

    Table 2--Lower Living Standard Income Level (for a Family of Four
                Persons), for Alaska, Hawaii and Guam \1\
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                           2018 adjusted    70 percent
               Region \1\                      LLSIL           LLSIL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Alaska:
    Metro...............................         $49,485         $34,639
    Non-Metro \2\.......................          55,570          38,899
Hawaii, Guam:
    Metro...............................          55,194          38,636
    Non-Metro \2\.......................          59,325          41,527
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ For ease of use, these figures are rounded.
\2\ Non-Metropolitan percent changes for Alaska, Hawaii and Guam were
  calculated from the CPI-U's for all urban consumers for city size
  class D in the Western Region. Generally the non-metro areas LLSIL is
  lower than the LLSIL in metro areas. This year the non-metro area
  LLSIL incomes were larger because the change in CPI-U was smaller in
  the metro areas compared to the change in CPI-U in the non-metro areas
  of Alaska, Hawaii and Guam.

Appendix C

    Table 3--Lower Living Standard Income Level (for a Family of Four
                   Persons), for 23 Selected MSAs \1\
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)    2018 adjusted    70 percent
                   \1\                         LLSIL           LLSIL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Anchorage, AK \2\.......................         $49,539         $34,677
Atlanta, GA.............................          36,107          25,275
Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA/NH/ME/CT.....          47,176          33,023
Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL/IN/WI..........          38,768          27,138
Cincinnati-Hamilton, OH/KY/IN...........          37,500          26,250
Cleveland-Akron, OH.....................          38,293          26,805
Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX....................          35,520          24,864
Denver-Boulder-Greeley, CO..............          41,362          28,954
Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI \2\.........          36,516          25,561
Honolulu, HI............................          55,968          39,178
Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..........          36,107          25,275
Kansas City, MO/KS......................          36,114          25,280

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Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA           44,149          30,904
 \2\....................................
Milwaukee-Racine, WI....................          37,664          26,365
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN/WI.............          38,359          26,851
New York-Northern NJ-Long Island, NY/NJ/          46,413          32,489
 CT/PA \2\..............................
Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,            41,635          29,144
 PA/NJ/DE/MD............................
Pittsburgh, PA..........................          46,664          32,665
St. Louis, MO/IL........................          35,426          24,798
San Diego, CA...........................          49,297          34,508
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA......          48,246          33,772
Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA............          47,434          33,204
Washington-Baltimore, DC/MD/VA/WV \2\...          46,697          32,688
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next dollar.
\2\ Calculated as a single metropolitan statistical area.

Appendix D

Table 4: 70 Percent of Updated 2018 Lower Living Standard Income Level 
(LLSIL), by Family Size

    To use the 70 percent LLSIL value, where it is stipulated for 
the WIOA programs, begin by locating the region or metropolitan area 
where the program applicant resides. 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 the WIOA.
    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 2017 HHS poverty guidelines found on the Health and 
Human Services website at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines 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 2018 LLSIL (100 Percent), 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 2015 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 that States must set for 
determining whether employment leads to self-sufficiency under WIOA 
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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         12,763             20,910             28,701             35,426             41,809             48,889
         12,794             20,966             28,779             35,520             41,923             49,024
         13,009             21,313             29,252             36,107             42,612             49,834
         13,001             21,307             29,258             36,107             42,612             49,831
         13,001             21,312             29,261             36,114             42,620             49,845
         13,150             21,543             29,567             36,499             43,072             50,372
         13,150             21,545             29,583             36,516             43,091             50,391
         13,255             21,703             29,798             36,784             43,418             50,774
         13,442             22,026             30,231             37,323             44,050             51,518
         13,503             22,133             30,384             37,500             44,256             51,754
         13,559             22,225             30,512             37,664             44,449             51,981
         13,789             22,603             31,021             38,293             45,192             52,845
         13,797             22,615             31,040             38,320             45,219             52,893
         13,815             22,637             31,079             38,359             45,273             52,944
         13,957             22,882             31,401             38,768             45,753             53,511
         14,897             24,412             33,513             41,362             48,810             57,086
         14,997             24,571             33,729             41,635             49,139             57,461
         15,471             25,355             34,812             42,968             50,712             59,309
         15,531             25,458             34,948             43,133             50,906             59,523
         15,572             25,519             35,037             43,252             51,039             59,696
         15,752             25,816             35,431             43,738             51,620             60,363
         15,895             26,048             35,763             44,149             52,097             60,935
         16,711             27,391             37,596             46,413             54,768             64,061
         16,808             27,543             37,807             46,664             55,073             64,404
         16,818             27,561             37,831             46,697             55,112             64,454
         16,987             27,839             38,224             47,176             55,676             65,106
         17,087             27,989             38,428             47,434             55,978             65,463
         17,378             28,475             39,082             48,246             56,936             66,591
         17,756             29,087             39,937             49,297             58,176             68,039
         17,823             29,199             40,090             49,485             58,397             68,301
         17,843             29,239             40,132             49,539             58,466             68,366
         19,881             32,568             44,716             55,194             65,134             76,179
         20,014             32,787             45,016             55,570             65,576             76,686
         20,156             33,024             45,334             55,968             66,045             77,247
         21,364             35,011             48,058             59,325             70,007             81,872
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Rosemary Lahasky,
Deputy Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2018-11461 Filed 5-25-18; 8:45 am]
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