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What is Trade Adjustment Assistance?

International trade means more and higher paying jobs for American workers.

An estimated 12 million U.S. jobs were supported by exports in 2000. Jobs supported by U.S. goods exports pay wages that are, on average, 13 percent higher than the average domestic wage. High-tech industry jobs supported by exports have average hourly earnings 34 percent higher than the national average.

Trade Adjustment Assistance programs help workers adversely affected by trade.

While the net benefits of foreign trade are enormous, some U.S. jobs are threatened by international competition. Currently, two Department of Labor programs: Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and North America Free Trade Agreement Transitional Adjustment Assistance (NAFTA-TAA), help trade-impacted workers gain or enhance job-related skills and find new jobs. The programs provide eligible workers with career counseling, up to two years of training, income support during training, job search assistance, and relocation allowances.

The Administration supports improvements to better serve workers affected by trade.

The Administration wants to ensure that the full array of benefits available from trade is available to all Americans. It is committed to assisting workers whose jobs are threatened by or lost to international competition acquire the skills necessary to compete in the new economy.

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