Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers (TAA) provides federal assistance to workers who have
involuntarily lost their jobs due to foreign competition. It was last reauthorized by the Trade
Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TAARA; Title IV of P.L. 114-27). This
report discusses the TAA program as enacted by TAARA.
To be eligible for TAA, a group of workers must establish that they were separated from their
employment either because their jobs moved outside the United States or because of an increase
in directly competitive imports. Workers at firms that are suppliers to or downstream producers of
TAA-certified firms may also be eligible for TAA benefits. Private sector workers who produce
goods or services are eligible for TAA benefits.