Trade Adjustment Assistance: New Opportunities for Ohio Workers
May 18, 2009
The Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which provides income support and retraining to workers who lose their jobs due to rising imports or shifts in production overseas, is undergoing a major expansion under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Effective May 18, 2009, workers in service industries are now covered for the first time, as are more manufacturing workers affected by production shifts abroad, while benefits will increase.
This May 2009 report finds that the U.S. Department of Labor certified 20,912 Ohio job losses because of trade between January 2007 and March 27, 2009. However, even apart from the majority of the workforce that has not been covered up till now, many Ohio workers dislocated by trade do not participate in the TAA program today. Fewer than 2,000 received TAA training in the year ended last September. The underuse of the program, along with the major expansion of it, provide a real opportunity for improvements in outreach efforts that will allow more trade-affected workers in Ohio to benefit. The report makes recommendations for increasing participation.