Trade Adjustment Assistance

TAA is a federal program that provides benefits and support to workers who have lost their job due to the impact of foreign trade, including increased imports, or a shift in production to outside the United States.

The TAA program provides eligible workers with opportunities to get the skills, credentials, resources, and support needed to become reemployed as quickly as possible.

How to Receive TAA Benefits

To receive TAA benefits and services, you must:

  1. File a petition for group eligibility with the US Department of Labor (DOL) or be certified under a previously determined petition for group eligibility with the DOL.
  2. Meet TAA group eligibility requirements, determined by the DOL.
  3. Apply for individual TAA benefits and services with the EDD.
  4. Meet individual eligibility requirements, determined by the EDD.

File a Petition

You must file a petition or be certified under a previously certified petition for group eligibility with the DOL. After reviewing a new petition, if the DOL determines that your group is eligible, they will issue a group eligibility certification. We will notify each worker of their group eligibility by mail. At that time, you may apply for TAA benefits and services in California.

Who Can File a Petition

  • Two or more workers from the same employer.
  • A certified union official or representative of the group of workers.
  • A representative from the employer of the group of workers.
  • America’s Job Center of California staff.

How to File a Petition

You can file a petition online on the DOL's TAA website. Refer to the website for other accepted ways to file the petition.

A copy of the petition must be emailed to the California TAA State Coordinator at

Coverage Under Certified Petitions

Some workers may be certified under petitions previously determined by the DOL. Data is available on TAA petition determinations from 1975 to the present:

TAA Petitions- Search for TAA petition status by features such as date, location, company name and status. This report also provides links to the redacted petition and determination document, when available.

For more information on coverage under existing petitions, visit DOL’s TAA website on Petitions and Determinations Data or visit your local America’s Job Center of California SM.

Submit a TAA Application

Once the DOL issues a group eligibility certification, we will notify each worker of their group eligibility by mail. You may then apply for TAA by completing the Application for Trade Adjustment Assistance (DE 8309) (PDF). Mail the completed application to the office listed on the form.

If you believe you may be eligible for group eligibility certification but are not sure if you received notice of eligibility, you may still apply using the DE 8309.

Contact a TAA Specialist

If you are determined eligible for TAA individual benefits and services, you will receive a Notice of Initial Entitlement to TRA/TAA Benefits Under the Trade Act of 1974, as Amended (DE 8313C). To meet critical deadlines, contact the office listed on the notice as soon as possible to begin your assessment for individual benefits and services.

We also recommend that you apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits upon being laid off.

TAA Benefits and Services

If found eligible for TAA benefits and services, you may receive one or more of the following:

  • Employment and case management services
  • Training benefits
  • Trade Readjustment Allowances
  • Job search allowances
  • Relocation allowances
  • Alternative or Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance

Note – You must verify the petition number you are certified under to determine the benefits you are eligible to receive.

Contact Information

Contact the EDD TAA State Coordinator for questions about your eligibility for particular benefits, how to receive services, and other programs you might be eligible for:

Helpful Forms and Resources

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Important Announcement

On July 1, 2022, the termination provision under Section 285(a) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, took effect. Until further notice, the DOL may not issue any new determinations and may not review any requests for reconsideration. Workers who were certified by a previously certified petition, and separated or threatened with separation from their job on or before June 30, 2022, may still be eligible for individual benefits and services and should contact their nearest America’s Job Center of California to speak to a TAA Specialist.

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