Trade Adjustment Assistance Database
On this page you can search for specific workplaces that have laid off American workers due to rising imports or offshoring of production. The Department of Labor certifies these trade-impacted workplaces under its Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, which provides laid off workers with training and extended unemployment benefits.
TAA is a narrow program, only covering a subset of workers who lose jobs to trade. More than 930,000 specific U.S. workers have been certified under TAA as losing their jobs to NAFTA. Every week NAFTA helps corporations outsource more middle class jobs to Canada and Mexico. However, the TAA program does not provide a comprehensive list of facilities or jobs that have been offshored or lost to import competition. A report by the pro-NAFTA Peterson Institute for International Economics estimated that fewer than 10 percent of workers who lost their jobs in industries facing heavy import competition under NAFTA received assistance under TAA. While the TAA data represent a significant undercount of trade-related job losses, it is the only government program that provides information about job losses officially certified by the U.S. government to be trade related.
The database contains all TAA petitions certified or denied since January 1994, when NAFTA went into effect and the year before the global World Trade Organization went into effect. Please review our guide on how to interpret the data here and the technical documentation here. Learn more about the TAA program here.
You can search by congressional district. To do so, select the state of the district and then type the number of the district in the “District” box (if the district is a single digit, enter the digit without a preceding zero -- "3" rather than "03"). Go here if you are unsure of your congressional district
NOTE: By default, petitions that were denied TAA certification are included in the search results. To exclude denied petitions from the results, uncheck the “Petition Denied” box below before submitting a search.
Workplaces Certified Under T.A.A. 1994-2017
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The geographic information on this page was generated with the assistance of the Texas A&M Geoservices using the most accurate methodology available. Trade Data Center designed by Travis McArthur.