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Targeted Employment Area (TEA) Map User Guide
The map identifies high unemployment areas that may qualify as a targeted employment area (TEA) for the purposes of the USCIS EB-5 program. Targeted employment areas may consist of a state, county, MSA, city or tract with an unemployment rate greater than 150% of the national average as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Areas of high unemployment (by census tract) are highlighted in ORANGE in the map. Additional labor force and employment data are available by clicking on specific locations.
Combining High and Low Unemployment Census Tracts
In many states, targeted employment areas may also be established by combining multiple contiguous census tracts where the unemployment rate of the combined region exceeds the high unemployment threshold. This is very common and will many EB-5 projects utilize this approach. The specific rules for combining census tracts varies by state agency, but many agencies are quite flexible when it comes to issuing combined census tract TEA letters. To view a list of all State Agencies, please click here. Additionally, rural areas also qualify as targeted employment areas.
To qualify as a rural area TEA, the rural area must be both outside of a metropolitan statistical area and outside of a city or town having a population of 20,000 or more.
Unemployment data for census tracts were calculated using the census-share methodology as permitted by the USCIS using the Bureau of Labor Statistics annual average unemployment data and the American Community Survey census tract data. The national unemployment rate during 2016 was 4.9% meaning the qualifying unemployment rate to be considered a high unemployment area is 7.4% or greater (150% of the national average or greater).
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