Approximately 7,300 workers from companies in 15 states are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced. The TAA program helps workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade.
"Through our TAA program, we're taking aggressive steps to prepare displaced workers for new and more competitive occupational skills that will lead to future employment and good, safe jobs," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.
Workers covered by these latest TAA certifications will be contacted with instructions on how to apply for individual benefits and services. Those who apply could receive:
- Case management and re-employment services
- Training in new occupational skills
- Trade readjustment allowances that provide financial support for workers enrolled in training
Some workers may also receive:
- Job search and relocation allowances
- Health Coverage Tax Credit
In addition, workers 50 years of age and older may elect to receive Re-employment Trade Adjustment Assistance.
The 15 states involved in this round of TAAs are Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
A chart of companies covered by these certifications can be found on the DOL press release.