Trade Adjustment Assistance

ATTENTION! U.S. Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program in Missouri

Under current law governing the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program, effective July 1, 2022, TAA expired and began phase-out activities.


On July 1, 2022, the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) ceased accepting new petitions and investigating pending petitions to determine worker group eligibility. 


State operations shall continue and workers covered by petitions certified on or before June 30, 2022, AND who are separated from employment on or before June 30, 2022, may continue to be eligible for program benefits and services.


If you have further questions, please contact your nearest Missouri Job Center.


For additional information concerning TAA Program state operations after June 30, 2022, refer to TEGL No. 13-21

Trade Adjustment Assistance

What is Trade Adjustment Assistance?

The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program assists workers who become unemployed due to the impact of foreign trade. The TAA program seeks to provide U.S. workers who are negatively impacted with the opportunity to obtain the skills, resources, and support they need to become reemployed in a high wage-high demand occupation.  

The USDOL is not accepting new petitions at this time due to the termination of the TAA Program.  Please continue to review this website for updates.

If you were laid off from a trade-affected employer prior to June 30, 2022, complete this form to have a Trade Act Navigator contact you.

Training Assistance

The TAA program assists eligible workers to re-train in high wage-high demand careers. Training assistance through the TAA program pays 100% of all required training costs; including tuition, books, fees, and required materials/supplies.
Approved training programs may include:

  • Classroom Training 
  • Occupational skills training (technical certificates, Associate degrees, Bachelor’s degrees, etc.)
  • Remedial training and Pre-requisite training (Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency, etc.)
  • Employer-Based Training
  • On-the-Job Training (OJT)
  • Apprenticeship Training

Individuals interested in applying for TAA training assistance must engage with a Job Center Trade Act Navigator. To get started, locate your local Job Center.

Job Search Assistance

Looking for a job can be stressful. Whether you are looking for a new job, considering a change in career paths, or developing a plan for your career, the TAA program can help! The TAA program and your local Job Center offers a wide variety of services to assist your job search and employment efforts.

Job Search Allowance
The TAA program assists eligible workers who search for work outside of the normal commuting area (10 miles) by reimbursing costs incurred to travel to the job search activity. Job Search Allowance reimburses 90% of pre-approved expenses incurred while attending an approved job search activity (e.g. interview, employer testing, job fair, etc.) up to $1,250.00.

Relocation Allowance
The TAA program assists eligible workers who successfully obtain qualifying employment outside of the normal commuting area (10 miles) and must relocate for the new employment. The Relocation Allowance benefit pays 90% of pre-approved expenses incurred to move the participant, family, and household goods plus a one-time lump sum payment of $1,250.

Case Management Services
The TAA program offers a host of case management services to assist you in your job search needs. These services include:

  • Comprehensive and Specialized Assessments
  • Individual Employment Plans (IEP)
  • Information on Available Training Providers/Programs
  • Financial Aid Information
  • Short-Term Pre-Vocational Services
  • Employment Statistics Information (Labor Market Information)
  • Supportive Service Information

Individuals interested in applying for TAA reemployment services must engage with a Trade Act Navigator. To get started, locate your local Job Center.

Income Support

Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA)

Individuals who plan to participate or who are actively participating in full-time TAA-approved training may be eligible to receive up to an additional 104-weeks of income support if enrolled within 26-weeks of the TAA certification or individual separation date from the trade-affected employer, whichever is later. 

Individuals interested in applying for TAA income support must engage with a Trade Act Navigator. To get started, locate your local Job Center.

Participant Resources

The below documents should assist current TAA participants in navigating and understanding their TAA program services and benefits.

Want to learn more about the TAA program benefits? The Virtual Orientations will provide a brief overview of the TAA benefits and services, such as training, income support, job search, and relocation assistance, the health coverage tax credit, and employment and case management services.