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ETA News Release: [05/08/2009]
Contact Name: Peggy Abrahamson or Suzy Bohnert
Phone Number: (202) 693-7909 or x4665
Release Number: 09-0494-NAT

U.S. Department of Labor distributes $101 million to states for Trade Adjustment Assistance

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today released $101 million to help states provide career training, job search and relocation assistance to U.S. workers who lose their jobs for trade-related reasons.

"A revitalized Trade Adjustment Assistance program is an important element of our nation's economic recovery," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

Provided to 43 states, this money is the balance of the fiscal year (FY) 2009 Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) base allocations that were announced in October 2008. The Labor Department previously had provided $88 million for TAA activities under the federal government's continuing resolution. For those qualifying states that experience large, unexpected layoffs during the year, the department maintains a reserve fund.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) includes a major expansion and reform of the TAA program to ensure that all U.S. workers negatively affected by trade have the skills, resources and support to become re-employed.

Mandated reforms to the TAA program will take effect May 18. Among these, the Recovery Act raises the annual cap on TAA training funds from $220 million to $575 million. The department soon will announce additional TAA training allocations to all states, based on the increased funding authorization to support implementation of the enhanced program.

Editor's note: Attached is a list of state distributions for FY 2009 TAA funds.


Trade Adjustment Assistance
FY 2009 Base Allocation Distributions
(including funds for training, job search and relocation allowances,
and administration)

State

Distributions under the C.R.

May 2009 Distributions

Total FY 2009 TAA Base Allocations

Alabama

$1,195,805

$1,506,352

$2,702,157

Alaska

$162,279

$204,422

$366,701

Arizona

$762,904

$961,029

$1,723,933

Arkansas

$1,411,711

$1,778,328

$3,190,039

California

$4,367,706

$5,501,986

$9,869,692

Colorado

$660,555

$832,101

$1,492,656

Connecticut

$899,187

$1,132,704

$2,031,891

Delaware**

$0

$0

$0

District of Columbia**

$0

$0

$0

Florida

$1,047,176

$1,319,125

$2,366,301

Georgia

$1,702,489

$2,144,620

$3,847,109

Hawaii**

$0

$0

$0

Idaho

$747,087

$941,104

$1,688,191

Illinois

$3,491,122

$4,397,755

$7,888,877

Indiana

$3,113,109

$3,921,573

$7,034,682

Iowa

$1,598,003

$2,012,999

$3,611,002

Kansas

$867,526

$1,092,820

$1,960,346

Kentucky

$2,281,136

$2,873,542

$5,154,678

Louisiana

$191,453

$241,172

$432,625

Maine

$1,565,855

$1,972,502

$3,538,357

Maryland

$392,087

$493,910

$885,997

Massachusetts

$2,748,278

$3,461,998

$6,210,276

Michigan

$4,257,020

$5,362,555

$9,619,575

Minnesota

$1,251,951

$1,577,078

$2,829,029

Mississippi

$648,836

$817,337

$1,466,173

Missouri

$2,056,025

$2,589,968

$4,645,993

Montana

$346,743

$436,792

$783,535

Nebraska

$219,318

$276,275

$495,593

Nevada

$79,236

$99,814

$179,050

New Hampshire*

$564,903

$0

$564,903

New Jersey

$1,057,058

$1,331,573

$2,388,631

New Mexico

$145,718

$183,560

$329,278

New York

$1,541,973

$1,942,418

$3,484,391

North Carolina

$8,468,706

$10,668,002

$19,136,708

North Dakota**

$0

$0

$0

Ohio*

$6,483,294

$0

$6,483,294

Oklahoma

$975,638

$1,229,010

$2,204,648

Oregon

$2,466,762

$3,107,371

$5,574,133

Pennsylvania

$5,645,167

$7,111,200

$12,756,367

Puerto Rico**

$0

$0

$0

Rhode Island*

$1,169,427

$0

$1,169,427

South Carolina

$3,202,355

$4,033,998

$7,236,353

South Dakota

$260,008

$327,533

$587,541

Tennessee

$1,589,987

$2,002,901

$3,592,888

Texas

$4,213,969

$5,308,325

$9,522,294

Utah

$567,060

$714,325

$1,281,385

Vermont

$145,517

$183,308

$328,825

Virginia

$2,726,306

$3,434,320

$6,160,626

Washington

$4,487,219

$5,652,535

$10,139,754

West Virginia

$1,159,608

$1,460,754

$2,620,362

Wisconsin

$3,617,181

$4,556,553

$8,173,734

Wyoming**

$0

$0

$0

U.S. Total

$88,552,453

$101,197,547

$189,750,000


*New Hampshire, Ohio and Rhode Island requested and received their full FY 2009 base allocations under the continuing resolution.
**States that would receive a base allocation of less than $100,000 under the TAA funding formula do not receive a base allocation, but TAA funds are available from the reserve account.