Trade Adjustment Assistance Services Provided by the GDOL

The Trade Act provides benefits to workers who become unemployed as a result of increased imports from, or shifts in production to, foreign countries.  We provide the benefits and services available under the Trade Act to help trade-affected workers return to suitable employment as quickly as possible.  

Benefits and services include:

  • Job Search Allowance - payable to reimburse allowable expenses incurred in seeking employment outside the normal commuting area if suitable work is not available in the commuting area.
  • Relocation Allowance – reimbursement for allowable expenses incurred when eligible workers accept suitable employment outside their normal commuting area.   
  • Training – available to eligible workers who do not have the skills to secure suitable employment in the local labor market  

On-the-Job-Training, Customized Training, and Registered Apprenticeships are available as alternatives to traditional classroom training.

  • Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) - income support to individuals while participating in full-time approved training.  Under certain circumstances TRA is also available to eligible participants for whom training is not readily available or the training has a delayed start date.  
  • Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) or Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA) - allows workers age 50 or older to accept full-time reemployment at a lower wage and receive a wage subsidy for 50% of the difference in what was earned at the Trade-affected employer and the new employment.  Participants eligible for RTAA may also attend training under certain circumstances.
  • Reemployment and Case Management Services provide customers the necessary information and support to achieve sustainable reemployment

Additional Services We Provide

  • Provide technical support on the Trade Act to employers, GDOL and WIOA staff, training providers, vendors, liable states, individual workers, and worker groups
  • Notify affected workers, GDOL staff, and local workforce areas of new or amended Trade certifications and programmatic changes
  • Issue eligibility and benefits determinations to Trade-affected workers
  • Monitor and assess training participant progress toward completion and industry certification
  • Implement Congressional changes to the Trade Act
  • Develop and implement State Trade Act policy   
  • Train GDOL and WIOA staff on Trade Act regulations and State policies
  • Develop and implement TAA Unit procedures, documentation, and system transactions
  • Analyze and report programmatic information to the U. S. Department of Labor
  • Serve as a liaison between petitioners and the U.S. Department of Labor to report or clarify issues related to the filing and certification of Trade Act petitions
  • Interface with the IRS for Health Coverage Tax Credit and Pension Benefit Guaranty customers

Contact the Trade Act Program through the Service Directory