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The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program helps workers by providing services and benefits to help them find employment. It is a federal program that operates at no cost to employers. 

TAA expired on July 1, 2022. Although the program has ended, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) continues to help eligible customers.

TAA Customers

TAA helps workers by providing new skills, certifications and resources to find employment. To qualify, you must be laid off from a job covered under a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) certification. 

The Trade rules determine benefits and services, listed in the table below. 

Benefits & ServicesDescription
Employment and Case Management ServicesOffers skills assessments, career counseling, job search assistance, information on training and more
TrainingProvides vocational and remedial training for a new occupation
Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA)Pays benefits if enrolled in an approved training by your waiver/in training deadline date 
Alternative/Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (A/RTAA)Supplements wages if you are at least 50 and returned to work earning less in your new job
Job Search AllowanceCovers costs of an out-of-area job search
Relocation AllowancePays out-of-area moving costs

Additional information on benefits and services is available on the DOL website.

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Authority & Funding

DOL oversees the TAA program. At the state level, TWC administers and shares in the delivery of TAA services with the 28 Workforce Development Boards (Boards).

DOL allocates funds to the states. TWC then distributes funds to the Boards.

TAA is governed by:


TWC is required to submit the Trade Adjustment Assistance Annual Report to the Texas Legislature. This report provides data about Texas TAA customers.

Trade Adjustment Assistance Annual Report