Trade Assistance

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) helps people who became unemployed due to layoffs as a result of foreign imports or a shift of production out of the United States.

Workers are eligible for TAA program services if a petition submitted on behalf of the workers is certified by the U.S. Department of Labor, determining that the workers were separated from their employment due to foreign competition.

  Specific Petition Numbers will follow specific TAA rules and regulations.  Additional TAA Rules and Regulations can be found at www.doleta.gov/tradeact

Effective June 29, 2015 the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TAARA) was signed into law.  Petitions filed on or after this date will be identified with numbers 90,000 and above.  TAARA 2015 provides a 90 day transition period for workers certified on or after January 1, 2014 and before the date of enactment.

Beginning on September 28th, 2015 the TAA Reversion 2014 will end and TAA participants will be served under TAARA 2015.  The following benefits and services will apply to TAARA 2015.

  • Training:  Training consists of one Occupational Skills training plan, but may include a group of courses (components) related to a specific Occupational Goal.  Training may be in form of classroom, on-line (distance learning) training, or on-the-job training.  All training must be approved in advance by Workforce West Virginia’s State Trade Unit.
  • Travel Allowance:  May be eligible to receive a supplemental assistance (a daily mileage allowance) to assist with travel costs while attending training outside the normal commuting distance.
  • SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE:  May be eligible to receive a subsistence allowance (room and board expenses) while attending training outside the normal commuting distance.
  • Supply Allowance:  May be eligible to receive a reimbursement per quarter/semester/term/session of up to $150.00 for training related supplies.
  • TRA Benefits:  May be eligible to receive up to 130 weeks of Income Support payments.  Trade Readjustment Assistance (TRA) is administered by WorkForce West Virginia’s Unemployment Insurance Division.
  • Job Search Allowance:  May be eligible for a reimbursement up to 90% for travel, meals, and lodging expenses.  Maximum amount of reimbursement cannot exceed $1250 for prearranged interviews beyond the normal commuting distance, and must be approved, in advance, by the WorkForce West Virginia’s State TAA Unit.
  • Relocation Allowance:  You must have accepted a job outside your normal commuting distance and receive prior approval from the WorkForce West Virginia’s TAA Unit for your relocation.  You will receive up to 90% of reasonable and necessary expenses, and you will receive a lump sum of three (3) times your former average weekly wage, not to exceed $1250 for the move.
  • Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA):  A wage subsidy program offered to workers 50 years or older.  The wage subsidy may not exceed $10,000 or two years, whichever occurs first.  If you participate in the RTAA program, you can still attend training. 
  • For more information of the TAARA 2015 Program, or other Trade Adjustment Assistance Programs, please contact the Workforce West Virginia State TAA Unit or call toll free at 1-877-967-5498 or 304-558-8414. 

List of current Certified WV TAA petitions.  If you are unsure if your company has been certified under WV TAA, please contact the State TAA office at 1-877-967-5498 or 304-558-8414.

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