Since its inception over 40 years ago, the TAA program has served as a lifeline for more than 2.2 million workers across all 50 states. In just the past six years, the TAA program has made income support and job training benefits available to hundreds of thousands of American workers. The map below shows how many workers in each state have been certified to receive job training and other TAA benefits since October 2009:
The TAA program works. In the most recent fiscal year, nearly 77 percent of participants found employment within six months of program completion, and nearly 90 percent of those who found work were still employed six months later.
However, the current program is not expansive enough to cover all displaced workers who need support to retool and transition into a new job. In fact, an estimated 17,500 workers have been shut out of the current, inadequate program since expansions in the TAA program lapsed at the beginning of 2014. If the House reinstates those expansions by passing the TAA bill today, these workers would automatically be reconsidered for TAA benefits. If the House votes down the bill, these workers will be left without the opportunity to take advantage of the program.
To learn more about the importance of the TAA program, read this letter from Secretary Perez to members of Congress.