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Trade Act - Trade Adjustment Assistance Program

Employment Security Department

Contact your local WorkSource center to find a TAA counselor: https://www.worksourcewa.com/microsite/content.aspx?appid=MGSWAOFFLOC&pagetype=simple&seo=officelocator

State Website: https://esd.wa.gov/about-employees/TAA-FAQ

Participation: 1,247 participants were served by the Trade Act-Trade & Globalization Adjustment Assistance Program between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

Who is Served: To qualify for services and benefits, the U.S. Department of Labor must certify that a group of workers has been adversely affected by foreign trade. Once certified, each worker applies separately for services and benefits. Various reemployment and training-related services have different criteria and deadlines.

Program Description: The program assists trade-affected workers who have lost their jobs as a result of increased imports or shifting their work out of the United States. Certified workers are assisted in returning to employment. Depending on assessments, individuals may be eligible to receive job search allowances, relocation allowances, or training assistance. They may also be eligible to receive weekly income support benefits or Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) once their Unemployment Insurance benefits have been exhausted.

Other Program Characteristics: The services that workers receive under this program are offered in conjunction with other assistance provided through the WorkSource (one-stop) system, depending on need.

Program History: The Trade Act of 1974 established the TAA program. In 1993, the Trade Act was amended to include the North American Free Trade Agreement-Transitional Adjustment program (NAFTA-TAA). The Trade Act was again amended in 2002 to expand eligibility and increase services and also to repeal the NAFTA-TAA program. In 2009, the program was reauthorized through December 31, 2010 as the Trade & Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act to include service and public sector jobs. Those provisions were subsequently extended through February 12, 2011 through the Omnibus Trade Act of 2010. On February 13, 2011, TAA reverted to the program in effect under the Trade Act of 1974 as amended by the TAA Reform Act of 2002. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act was signed into law in October 2011, reauthorizing the TAA program through December 2013, after which it was again extended until September 15, 2015.  Most recently, in June 2015, the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015 was signed into law and is in effect until June 30, 2022.

Planning Cycle: Annual.

Federal Common Measures and Trade Adjustment Assistance: TAA is operating under a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) set of federal measures (below) that reflect employment, retention, and earnings as well as an additional TAA-specific measure around educational attainment:

  • Entered employment rate
  • Employment retention rate
  • Average earnings
  • Credential Attainment

After PY16/FY17, it is anticipated that TAA will be aligned with federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) performance measures that address the same themes around employment, retention, earnings, credential attainment, and skill gains, but employ different methodological approaches.

Funding and Regional Division: This program is administered at the state level. Certified workers apply for services through their local WorkSource offices.

State Expenditures: None.

Federal Expenditures: $7,765,400 (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016)

Statutory Authority Federal - The Trade Act of 1974 as amended (P.L. 114-27).

The Employment Security Department serves as an agent to the U.S. Department of Labor in administering the program in Washington.


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