Special Programs For Laid-off Workers


In addition to regular unemployment benefits, you may be eligible for other programs for laid off workers. Please click on any of the menus below for more information.


Trade Assistance Programs (TAA, ATAA, and TRA)

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA), and Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) help trade-affected workers who have lost their jobs as a result of increased imports or shifts in production out of the United States. Eligibility is determined by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Certified workers may be eligible to receive job search assistance, training, relocation allowances, additional weeks of unemployment benefits and a tax credit on health insurance premiums. ATAA provides eligible workers over 50 with a wage subsidy if they find new employment within 26 weeks of their separation and their new job has lower wages than their old job.

If you think you may be eligible for Trade Assistance, please contact the CareerCenter at 1-888-457-8883 or TTY: Maine relay 711 for more information.

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Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides unemployment assistance to individuals whose unemployment is the direct result of a major disaster as declared by the President of the United States.

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Unemployment for Laid-of Military and Federal Employees (UCX, UCFE)

Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service Members provides ex-military personnel to provide weekly income to meet basic needs while searching for employment.

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Unemployment Compensation for federal employees is the benefit program for unemployed federal employees. Funding comes from the federal government and is distributed through state agencies.

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Dislocated Worker Benefits (DWB)

The Dislocated Worker Benefit program gives extra weeks of unemployment benefits to unemployed workers in agency approved training programs. After someone uses up all of their regular unemployment benefits and any extended benefits, the DWB program may provide up to 26 more weeks of benefits to help finish a training program. Workers in an agency approved training program do not have to look for work as long as they are attending school.

Claimants can apply for DWB by using the ‘File DWB Claim’ option under the “Unemployment Claim” tab in their online account (see below screenshot). If the claimant already has a training waiver the DWB application will be reviewed without a fact finding interview.  If they do not have a training waiver, they will be scheduled for a fact finding interview to determine if they are eligible for a training waiver before the DWB application will be reviewed.  

If someone is interested in DWB and hasn’t yet had a regular state unemployment claim, they should file for regular unemployment first.

If they have questions, they can also call unemployment at 1-800-593-7660.

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This is a screenshot of the Unemployment screen.