By: Theresa Cahill
U.S. (Apr 1) – As evidenced by the continuing response to Unemployment Extension 99ers Appeal To Congress For Aid, people are desperate for solutions. One reader’s response sparked further investigation into The Recovery Act and possible relief.
Under special circumstances, for some individuals facing a cut-off date for their unemployment benefits or having already exhausted their tiers, the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program may provide a remedy. This legislation went into effect back on May 18, 2009. However, it provides assistance to a very narrow, very specific group.
The TAA program was enacted to help individuals who have lost their jobs due to the result of foreign trade. As stated on the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration website, “The TAA program offers a variety of benefits and services to eligible workers, including job training, income support, job search and relocation allowances, a tax credit to help pay the costs of health insurance, and a wage supplement to certain reemployed trade-affected workers 50 years of age and older.”
If qualified, an individual can receive up to 130 weeks of cash payments and additional benefits.
To see if you qualify and to obtain additional information, please reference: