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Unemployment Relief | Was Your Job Shipped Overseas?

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:

US Dept of Labor Overview

TAA Frequently Asked Questions

Instructions for Implementing the Revised 2010 Trade Adjustment Assistance Trade Activity Participant Report (TAPR)

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5 Responses to Unemployment Relief | Was Your Job Shipped Overseas?

  1. Scott W.

    April 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    What is needed is the same program for long-term displaced workers to allow them to get trained in a field while not sending them to the poor house or relying on Congress to keep renewing unemployment benefits monthly… even this extending out until the end of 2010 is right around the corner… then what?

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    • Theresa

      April 1, 2010 at 6:35 pm

      Hi Scott, yeah long-term planning doesn’t seem to be a specialty, but we’re hoping that a percentage of those reading the other news story find they do fall into the classification and can be helped.

      Here in Nevada, they have job training programs, and do the best they can in a very confused system. Seems like all aspects of massive unemployment were completely forgotten about (overlooked). As if the government never envisioned a time where emergency relief might be necessary for a very prolonged period of time.

      Well fingers crossed Washington is getting the message!

      Fingers crossed that when they return from their break, they will forget their childish ways and get down to the business of getting all citizens re-employed.

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  2. Amanda

    April 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Theresa, I am VERY please with your reporting. I was a commenter (is that a word?) on the 99ers story you did yesterday and saw that someone had posted the info in the article that you did above and am very pleased that you are actually going above and beyond to help out the unemployed. I have read plenty of articles and their comments and have found no one that actually cares about us, the unemployed. I actually read a blog on the Washington watch website in the forum HR 4183, and there are a lot of people like me who are in dire need of an extension beyond the 99 weeks. They post whatever kind of info they come across regarding unemployment, its kind of a support group for me in a way. Didn’t know if you wanted to check it out, if you had time. I know a lot of people on there are in my shoes and are looking for a media source to represent us… All in all, I just wanted to say thank you for your support, and that you are doing a great job! It really gives me a little hope in this messed up situation that someone is actually listening…

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    • Theresa Cahill

      April 2, 2010 at 2:43 am

      Hi Amanda, yes of course I so appreciate your participation within the other unemployment extension article! I was also very pleased to have been given another source to tap into to bring to everyone’s attention. Maybe this shoe regarding the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) doesn’t fit all feet, but if it can help a couple of even 1000s, it will be most worth it.

      Granted, it references a “dated” piece of news, but often resources like those above are forgotten in our daily grind just to get by.

      In case you’re wondering, within my own immediate family, we, too, are suffering from this fiasco afflicting so many. You bet I keep me eyes and ears open. It’s just too bad I don’t at this moment have a “hey go here right now and do this” to give out. But I’m paying attention!

      So it is very appreciated the resource you’ve given me to tap into – it’s very difficult for everyone to make sure they make all the rounds so to speak. I will definitely remain a voice for the unemployed and forgotten!

      We, as a nation, need to pull together. Helping disaster victims, such as the horror in Haiti is truly admirable, yet we must also remember to HELP OURSELVES!

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