Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)

The Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) Program is federally funded to help workers that have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade.  The TAA Program focuses on helping foreign trade-related laid-off workers find opportunities for training and other support services. Successful petition submissions allows laid-off workers the opportunity to acquire new job training as well as job finding services until they make a successful transition into a new career or position.

In 2010, there were three petitions that were certified as TAA-approved from Hawai‘i.  A total of 80 people were provided training and other support services through the TAA Program.


By acquiring TAA certification, workers that were laid-off due to foreign trade can access a wide variety of job seeking and job training tools.  Here is a list of some of the services available to successful TAA petitioners:

  • Trade Readjustment Allowances
  • Training
  • Employment & Case Management Services
  • Job Search Allowances
  • Relocation Allowances


To learn more about the potential benefits of receiving TAA certification, contact your local WDD One-Stop office  or visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s website.

Eligibility and How to Apply