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OPA News Release: [11/18/2010]
Contact Name: Michael Trupo
Phone Number: (202) 693-3414
Release Number: 10-1570-NAT

Statement by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on expanded Trade Adjustment Assistance program

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement on the extension of the expanded Trade Adjustment Assistance program:

"Last year, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Congress made the wise decision to expand Trade Adjustment Assistance eligibility to service sector workers adversely impacted by trade. Prior to that, the program focused solely on workers in the manufacturing sector. The expanded program offers a crucial lifeline to many working families whose breadwinners lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

"In fact, between May 2009 and the end of September, more than 155,000 Americans who may have otherwise been ineligible for assistance were certified to receive the income support and training that they desperately needed. TAA benefits can help participants keep food on the table for their families, and training ensures they are prepared for new employment opportunities.

"Unless Congress takes action, however, the expanded TAA program will expire at the end of 2010. That could leave a great many trade-impacted workers across the country without needed support and services. And it would undermine the progress we are making as a nation toward economic recovery.

"It also merits underscoring that those who receive TAA have lost jobs through no fault of their own and many are actively pursuing training for new careers. In other words, these are experienced workers, firmly committed to putting in the effort to get back on their feet. As a group, they have strong work records, and they are a tremendous asset to our economy. Continuing to help them gain the skills needed to enter good jobs contributes to the overall health of our economy, and it just makes sense.

"As this issue comes to a head over the coming weeks, federal legislators will have an important choice to make. I urge them to keep in mind that America's families still need our help, to make the responsible decision and to extend the expanded TAA program. It is also my hope that Congress acts on our no-cost technical fixes to the TAA Community College and Career Training Program that will help this new program succeed and benefit a broader population of unemployed workers."

Editor's Note: A chart detailing the number of workers covered through the expanded TAA program follows this statement.


State

Total Workers Certified Since Recovery Act Expansion

Workers Covered Under New Provisions Since Recovery Act Expansion

Percent of Workers Under New Provisions Since Recovery Act Expansion

Alabama

8,800

3,906

44.39%

Alaska

3

3

100.00%

Arizona

8,372

4,832

57.72%

Arkansas

3,507

717

20.44%

California

23,678

16,223

68.52%

Colorado

3,069

2,330

75.92%

Connecticut

3,066

1,762

57.47%

Delaware

1,276

8

0.63%

DC

0

0

0

Florida

5,447

2,398

44.02%

Georgia

4,682

1,511

32.27%

Hawaii

43

43

100.00%

Idaho

1,971

1,489

75.55%

Illinois

18,581

6,067

32.65%

Indiana

15,016

2,969

19.77%

Iowa

4,119

1,323

32.12%

Kansas

1,554

950

61.13%

Kentucky

8,087

3,252

40.21%

Louisiana

1,661

66

3.97%

Maine

2,446

771

31.52%

Maryland

971

599

61.69%

Massachusetts

8,228

5,375

65.33%

Michigan

45,330

13,296

29.33%

Minnesota

7,246

3,452

47.64%

Mississippi

2,492

913

36.64%

Missouri

7,458

2,771

37.15%

Montana

616

276

44.81%

Nebraska

1,154

724

62.74%

Nevada

87

34

39.08%

New Hampshire

1,021

801

78.45%

New Jersey

5,465

4,817

88.14%

New Mexico

2,400

1,558

64.92%

New York

10,415

5,401

51.86%

North Carolina

17,373

8,731

50.26%

North Dakota

905

905

100.00%

Ohio

31,465

7,743

24.61%

Oklahoma

1,668

1,368

82.01%

Oregon

11,361

5,828

51.30%

Pennsylvania

22,152

7,288

32.90%

Puerto Rico

779

0

0.00%

Rhode Island

1,201

528

43.96%

South Carolina

7,127

3,362

47.17%

South Dakota

925

350

37.84%

Tennessee

12,128

3,158

26.04%

Texas

16,655

10,009

60.10%

Utah

3,268

2,186

66.89%

Vermont

893

284

31.80%

Virginia

9,392

3,997

42.56%

Washington

6,300

2,014

31.97%

West Virginia

3,602

2,932

81.40%

Wisconsin

11,926

3,827

32.09%

Wyoming

46

0

0.00%

Total

367,427

155,147

42.23%