Dislocated Workers

The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) provides information on training programs and other services that are available to assist workers who have been laid off or are about to be laid off. For a list of programs nearest you, contact a American Jobs Center, visit America's Service Locator on the Web, or call ETA's toll-free help line at (877) US-2JOBS (TTY: 1-877-889-5267). Services are designed to meet local needs and may vary from state to state. Some services for dislocated workers have eligibility requirements. Check with your State Dislocated Worker Unit for details.

DOL Web Pages on This Topic

Information for Workers
Provides information on training, job search, and other assistance for workers who have been laid off or are about to be laid off.

Information for Employers
Provides assistance to both employers and workers to help manage layoffs, downsizings, and restructurings and lessen the impact on workers and communities.

Information for Workforce Development Professionals
The National Dislocated Worker Workgroup, comprised of federal, state, and local workforce representatives, works to develop materials, training programs, and national conferences for state and local practitioners and policymakers.

Trade Act Programs
Trade Act programs are available to assist individuals who have become unemployed as a result of increased imports, imports specifically from Canada and/or Mexico, or a shift in production to Canada and/or Mexico.

Laws & Regulations on This Topic

Laws

Public Law 113-128
Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act of 2014

Trade Act of 1974, as amended

Regulations

Final regulations are in development.