The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program assists workers who have been laid off or whose jobs have been threatened because of foreign trade or competition.  Trade-affected workers who are covered under a certified Trade Act Petition may be eligible to receive an array of services and benefits including:

  • Training
  • Reemployment services
  • Trade Readjustment Allowances
  • Job Search Allowances
  • Relocation Allowances
  • Wage supplements for workers age 50 and older
  • Health Coverage Tax Credit


Trade Act Certifications

A petition must be filed with the US Department of Labor by or on behalf of a group of trade-affected workers. After the US Department of Labor investigates the facts behind the petition filing, it determines whether statutory criteria has been met. If the Department of Labor grants the petition to certify the worker group, individual workers may apply for TAA services and benefits through the appropriate career center after receiving an official notification from the Department of Economic Opportunity Trade Program Unit.

Trade Adjustment Assistance Program Benefits

When the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) certifies a petition indicating a group of workers as eligible for worker trade adjustment assistance, USDOL establishes an "impact dateidentifying when layoffs, reduced work schedules or threats of layoffs began due to increased foreign competition from imports or because of a shift in production from the trade impacted employer to any foreign country. All workers in the group may apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) including Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA) and other benefits. Upon individual review and determination, if a worker is found eligible for TRA, then these benefits will provide income support to workers enrolled inTrade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)approved training as well as those workers who have been placed on a waiver of training requirements.




State Resources

Federal Resources

  • TEGL 27-13
    Impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in United States v. Windsor on the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program
  • TEGL 12-13
    Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 State Initial Allocations for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Training and Other Activities and the Process for Requesting TAA Program Reserve Funds
  • UIPL 1-17
    Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) for Eligible Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Recipients and Alternative TAA (ATAA) and Reemployment TAA (RTAA) Recipients
  • North American Free Trade Act of 1993

Participant Success Stories

The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program seeks to provide adversely affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, credentials, resources, and support necessary to (re)build skills for future jobs. The TAA Program provides training, employment and case management services, job search allowances, relocation allowances, income support in the form of Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA), and income supplementation in the form of Reemployment TAA (RTAA). Read the success stories from our trade-affected workers:


  • Christina Omran

    State Trade and Rapid Response Coordinator
    (850) 245-7477

The Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC), a Federal tax credit administered by the IRS, has been extended for all coverage months beginning in 2020. Learn more here ( .

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