Trade Adjustment Assistance Program

If you lost your job to foreign competition you may be eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance.

The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program is a federal program that helps U.S. workers who have lost or may lose their jobs as a result of foreign trade.

This program provides workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, credentials, resources, and support necessary to become re-employed.

Who qualifies for benefits

Workers who have been laid off or who will be laid off from a business which is covered under a Trade petition from the Department of Labor (DOL) and are still within their individual deadlines, may be eligible for benefits.

Qualified workers may receive benefits including:

Employment and Case Management Services
Assessments, counseling, Labor Market Information, and supportive services
Must lead to a certificate or degree
Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA)
Weekly payments while in training
Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA)
Wage supplement for workers age 50 and older
Job Search Allowance
Covers interview expenses more than 50 miles from your home
Relocation Allowance
Covers expenses to relocate more than 50 miles from your current home
Gas Money for Training
Federal mileage rate applies

How it works

When a worker is laid off due to foreign trade, a petition may be applied for with DOL within one year of your layoff by a company representative; three or more workers; a union official; or WIN Job Center staff.

After investigating the impact foreign trade had on the company, DOL will determine if a Trade Petition will be certified.

To learn more about the process

Go to the DOL website

To find out if you are eligible for services and benefits, ask about Trade Adjustment Assistance at your nearest WIN Job Center.

Find your nearest WIN Job Center