Dislocated Worker Program
WIOA offers unique programs for persons who have lost their jobs in mass layoffs or plant closings, or who have been laid off and are unlikely to return to their jobs. The regular Dislocated Worker program under WIOA offers employment and training programs for eligible workers who are unemployed due to no fault of their own or who have received official notice of a layoff. This program allows for individualized re-employment services.
Rapid Response is a program which provides short-term, early intervention and immediate assistance with layoffs and/or plant closures affecting a significant number of workers.
For more information visit the US DOL Employment and Training Administration site and for assistance with long-term in depth services contact your Local Workforce Development Board web site.
Related Dislocated Worker Information:
- Trade Adjustment Assistance
- U.S. Department of Labor Petition Forms
- Unemployment Insurance Claims Information
The Dislocated Worker Services Department (DWSD) receives notices of plant closures and mass layoffs, including those covered under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). When the DWSD or the Local Workforce Development Board obtains information about a major layoff, immediate on-site services are provided to assist workers facing job losses. Rapid Response provides early intervention assistance designed to transition workers to their next employment as soon as possible.
Rapid Response was originally designed to offer services:
- When layoffs involved fifty (50) or more workers, or
- When plant closings or mass layoffs affected fewer than fifty (50) employees, but occurred in a business or industry which forms the economic base of a small community (population 50,000 or less).