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Trade Adjustment Assistance 2015 (TAA)

(Certified petitions filed on or after Jan. 1, 2014)

Trade Adjustment Assistance 2015 (TAA) is a federal program that provides assistance to certain workers whose employment with a firm is adversely affected by increased imports of competitive articles (or component parts) or services, or shifts in production to foreign countries of competitive articles or supply of services. Workers are adversely affected when the increase in imports or shift in production contributes importantly to a significant number or proportion of workers at their firm losing their jobs or having their hours of work and wages reduced, or having their work, hours, or wages threatened to be affected. TAA benefits may be available to workers at impacted firms, including agricultural firms, or appropriate subdivision of a firm, and may also be available to certain workers whose firm is a supplier or downstream producer to a firm whose workers received a certification of eligibility.

TAA benefits include:

  • Reemployment services such as funded training, job search allowances, and relocation allowances.
  • Weekly cash benefit payments known as Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA).

Each benefit has distinct eligibility requirements and must be applied for separately. To receive these benefits, you must file your applications or take certain actions within certain time limits. For example, to be eligible for any TRA benefits under a petition that is filed on or after Jan. 1, 2014, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a training program by the end of the 26th week after the petition certification is issued by the U.S. Department of Labor; or
  • Be enrolled in a training program by the end of the 26th week after your most recent qualifying separation; or
  • Be issued a waiver of the training program enrollment requirement by a TAA representative effective on or before the 26th week deadline.

More information on TAA benefits is available in the pamphlet, UCP-11D, Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015. To apply for TAA benefits, or if you have questions about the benefits available, the time limitations to apply, or the enrollment deadlines, you may call the UC service center (UCSC) at 888-313-7284, and select the menu option to speak to a TRA representative. If you have trouble getting through to the UCSC to speak with a TRA representative, you can email If you have questions about reemployment services, including training, you should contact the nearest PA Careerlink® or state workforce agency and ask a TAA representative about TAA reemployment services.

The information provided on this site does not constitute a determination of eligibility to receive unemployment compensation.