NAFTA Trade Adjustment Assistance


Source Department of Labor
File Size NAFTA: 2.7MB; TAA: 25.8MB; TAPR: 18.9 MB
Dates Covered NAFTA: 1994-2003; TAA: 1979-March 2006; TAPR: Oct. 2000- June 2005
Cost Snapshot

  • Nonmembers $75
  • Members $25
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The Trade Act programs, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA), assist individuals who have become unemployed as a result of increased imports from, or shifts in, production to foreign countries. The TAA database includes records of petitions for assistance filed by workers, companies and unions. The records, obtained from the Department of Labor, include all petitions, accepted or denied. The NAFTA database contains similar data for a now-defunct assistance program specifically for workers affected by the North American Free Trade Agreement.The Trade Act Participant Report (TAPR) table shows demographic information about the workers who signed up for these programs after a petition was approved for their former workplace. The goal of the Trade Act programs is to help trade-affected workers return to suitable employment as quickly as possible. To facilitate this goal, TAA certified workers may access a menu of services that include income support, relocation allowances, job search allowances, and a health coverage tax credit. TAA participants that require retraining in order to obtain suitable employment may receive occupational training. In addition, the ATAA program for older workers provides an alternative to the benefits offered under the regular TAA program. Participation in ATAA allows older workers, for whom retraining may not be suitable, to accept reemployment at a lower wage and receive a wage subsidy.

Record layouts and samples of this database

Main documentation (readme.txt) 14.2 KB
Sample Data, NAFTA (NAFTA.dbf.dbf) 82.8 KB
Record layout, TAPR (tapr_layout.pdf) 23.4 KB
Record layout, NAFTA (NAFTAkey.doc) 31.5 KB
Sample Data, TAPR (tapr_sample.xls) 80.5 KB

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