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Workforce Services for Individuals
Services for Dislocated Individuals
When people have lost their jobs due to a layoff or closure, there are programs through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act that may be able to help them get back into the workforce. There may be training opportunities available to provide those services.
A dislocated worker is an individual who
- Has been terminated or laid off, or has received a notice of termination or layoff from employment;
Is eligible for or has exhausted reemployment assistance;
- Has demonstrated an appropriate attachment to the workforce, but not eligible for reemployment assistance and unlikely to return to a previous industry or occupation;
- Has been terminated or laid off or received notification of termination or layoff from employment as a result of a permanent closure or substantial layoff;
- Is employed at a facility, where the employer has made the general announcement that the facility will close within a 180 days;
- Was self-employed (including employment as a farmer, a rancher, or a fisherman) but is unemployed as a result of general economic conditions in the community or because of a natural disaster; or
- Is a displaced homemaker who is no longer supported by another family member.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program is a federal entitlement program that assists U.S. workers who have lost or may lose their jobs as a result of foreign trade. This program seeks to provide adversely affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, credentials, resources, and support necessary to become reemployed. Since 1975, the TAA program has served more than 2 million U.S. workers. The first step to receiving TAA benefits and services is to contact your job service office.
Re-employment Services (RES) is a federally mandated unemployment insurance objective assisting Reemployment Assistance (RA) claimants to gain employment quickly.
The goals of the Reemployment Services (RES) program are to enhance the rapid re-employment of unemployed workers, eliminate potential overpayments, and realize cost savings for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) trust fund.
Claimants participating in RES are provided career counseling, skills assessment, job development, job search assistance, and referrals services at no cost.
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation’s Re-employment Services is a program which encompasses three categories:
- Basic: Claimants least likely to exhaust benefits, with a higher probability of returning to work before exhausting their RA benefits.
- Intermediate: Claimants most likely to exhaust their RA Benefits and/or UCX (military) claimants.
- Intensive: Basic and/or Intermediate claimants who continue claiming RA benefits after eight weeks are required to participate in weekly job readiness activities as well as make additional job contacts.