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Trade Adjustment Assistance


Trade Act of 2002 TAA

ELIGIBILITY: Must be laid off from an employer where adversely affected workers have been certified by the federal government due to the shift of production to other countries or increased imports.


  • Training
    • On-the-Job Training

If you have chosen a suitable occupation and are unable to get a job in that field, On-the-Job training might be for you. It is designed to help you obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed and perform successfully on the job. You are hired by the employer and DOL reimburses the employer a percentage of your wages during the training period.

    • Customized Training

Training for specific jobs at a specific worksite.

    • Occupational Skills Training

This school-based training is designed to help you gain the occupational skills needed to perform a specific job.

    • Remedial Training

Basic skills or life skills training needed to help you get a job.

  • Trade Readjustment Allowances

Up to 104 weeks of cash payments may be available for eligible workers enrolled in full-time training.

  • Health Insurance Coverage Assistance

Tax credits up to 65% of an eligible participant’s monthly health insurance premium for up to 2 years.

  • Job Search Allowance

For the costs of a job search outside the local area.

  • Relocation Allowance

For the costs of relocating to a job outside the local area.

  • Re-Employment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA)

Provides wage subsidies to individuals 50 years of age or older who return to work paying less than their trade-impacted employment.

Related Links

U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, Trade Act