Becoming laid off is a term many people are familiar with as they have likely been involved in this activity in some fashion or another. However, being a dislocated worker is a term that may not be so familiar. Even more unfamiliar may be the fact that there is help for people that fall into this category.
People that may be considered dislocated workers are those who have lost their jobs and would likely not return to the industry or profession because a plant closure is permanent, there was a large layoff, there’s a lack of demand for skills in that area, or competition from foreign entities. In addition, self-employed folks may be considered dislocated if a natural disaster is the cause for going out of business, such as the case of a farmer or a fisherman.
Once a person has confirmed he or she falls under the definition of a dislocated worker, they can begin to review the different types of aid that may be available to them.
In general, the services provided include retraining for a new career and assistance finding a new job in that career field. Specifically, these efforts may include limited financial assistance for school or training from federal or state resources, help with evaluating work skills and history, free use of office equipment (phones, fax machines, computers, and copiers) for job searching, relocation assistance for new employment, and workshops to learn job searching with new technology to name a few.