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Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Worker Resources


Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is a federal program that assists workers who have lost or may lose their jobs as a result of foreign trade. TAA provides adversely-affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, credentials, resources and support necessary to become reemployed.
Michigan is home to one of the nation's most diverse and productive workforces, and TAA helps ensure our adversely-affected workers have the job training and support they need to tap into new employment opportunities. The program provides resources such as job training, career counseling, wage supplements for older workers, job search and relocation allowances, and income support for workers in approved training programs.


If foreign competition is believed to have played a significant role in job losses, a petition should be filed, either online or by mail, with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). The TAA petition may be filed by:
  • Three or more workers in the same firm or subdivision or
  • The workers' employer or
  • A union official or other duly authorized representative of such workers or 
  • A State of Michigan Workforce Development Agency or Michigan Works! Agency representative.
A TAA petition identifies a worker group at a specific firm or subdivision and covers all individuals in that group. If a worker is laid off, a petition must be submitted within one year of the layoff for that worker to be covered by the petition and the certification, if USDOL grants the petition.  
Upon receiving a petition, the USDOL initiates an investigation to determine whether the circumstances of the layoffs meet the TAA program eligibility criteria.
TAA Process graphic logo that states - Upon receiving a petition, the USDOL initiates an investigation to determine whether the circumstances of the layoffs meet the TAA program eligibility criteria.


Subsequent to the fact finding, the USDOL issues a determination of the TAA petition investigation.  If certified by the USDOL, the identified group of workers will be eligible to apply for TAA benefits.  
The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity's Workforce Development staff will obtain the eligible worker lists from the TAA-certified employer. 
Adversely affected workers identified on the eligible worker list will be notified by their local Michigan Works! Agency, at which time they may apply and register for individual benefits and services.


The TAA Program provides several benefits, including Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA), to assist adversely-affected workers return to work as quickly as possible, and at a comparable wage.  If you have been laid off by a TAA-certified employer, please review the information and videos below. 
TAA-certified workers may receive the following benefits and services at a local Michigan Works! Agency:

Employment and Case Management Services

Comprehensive assessments, career guidance, pre-vocational services, labor market information, supportive services, information on financial aid, employment planning, and information on training. 

VIDEO: Michigan Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Case Management Services

Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA)
Up to 130 weeks of monetary benefits for adversely-affected workers enrolled in full-time training within 26 weeks of their trade-related layoff or the TAA certification date, whichever is later.
Re-employment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA)
A wage subsidy for workers age 50 or over who are re-employed at annual wages of $50,000 or less. Please Note: RTAA information is included in the TRA video.
Job Search Allowances
Reimbursement for job search costs for suitable work outside the adversely affected worker's local commuting area (five miles or more from the residence (one-way).
Relocation Allowance
Reimbursement for relocation costs to move the adversely affected worker, family and household items for suitable work outside the worker's local commuting area (five miles or more from the residence, one-way).
Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC)
HCTC covers 72.5% of the premium amount paid by eligible individuals for qualified health insurance coverage


Adversely Affected workers must apply and be approved for TAA benefits through their the local Michigan Works! Agency.  TAA is not a training reimbursement program. It is important to contact your local Michigan Works! Agency to meet applicable deadlines, ensure proper understanding of the rules, and receive guidance on benefits and services.  
To contact your local Michigan Works! Agency Service Center, please visit


Here are additional TAA-related resources you may find helpful:

TAA Videos Produced by Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!

For workers who have moved to/from another state:


Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, Workforce Development 
201 North Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48913
Phone: 517-335-5858 Fax: 517-241-9846
Jimelle Howard
The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, Workforce Development, is the grant recipient of the TAA program, and Michigan Works! Agencies administer the program.