The term dislocated worker refers to an individual age 18 or older that lost their job because of a plant closure, substantial layoff, foreign competition, or the lack of demand for their skills. Dislocated workers are eligible to receive benefits under a number of federal and state programs.
Also known as displaced workers, a dislocated worker is eligible to receive a number of benefits under the Trade Act as well as the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, which was the foundation for the Adults and Dislocated Workers Program. Generally, an individual will be eligible for these programs if any one of the below applies:
Individuals that believe they may be eligible for benefits under a displaced worker program need to check with their State Department of Labor. The Adult and Dislocated Worker Program is designed to help assist eligible individuals to find meaningful employment. The types of services offered through these programs include:
In addition to the above, Rapid Response services are available to locations experiencing mass layoffs. While many of these programs are backed by federal funding, states are responsible for program management, including enrollment, service delivery, and certification of trainers. In addition to Rapid Response, services are available through the American Job Center, a local Dislocated Worker Unit, or by calling the WorkSource Center.