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TAARA/RTAA Eligibility Requirements


The Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act (TAARA) program was created to provide benefits and support to workers who become unemployed due to the impact of international trade.
To obtain services and benefits, a group of workers, an employer, a union, a state official, or American Job Center partner must file a petition with the U.S. Department of Labor. If the petition is certified, each worker in the group may apply separately for the individual services and benefits.


Employment and Case Management Services

  • Resume writing
  • Comprehensive assessment
  • Individual employment plan
  • Employment statistics
  • Interview skills
  • Career counseling
  • Job search and referral

Job Search Allowances

  • Expenses incurred seeking employment outside commuting area

Relocation Allowances

  • If a move is necessary once a bona fide offer of work is made outside of commuting area, benefits to assist in moving may be applied for


  • Classroom training
  • On the job training
  • Customized training
  • Remedial training
  • English as a second language

Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA)

  • Financial support while participating in training

Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC)

  • Financial assistance to help with health care premiums


RTAA BENEFITS offer a wage subsidy to help older workers bridge the salary gap between old and new employment.






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Available Job Search Resources


  • Illinois workNet
  • Illinois Job Link
  • Area newspapers
  • Career development publications
  • Professional career advice
  • Resource library
  • Labor market information
  • Resume software
  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Fax machines
  • Copiers
  • Telephones
  • Assistive Technology Equipment (ADA) available at select locations