What Are Trade Readjustment Allowance (Tra) Benefits?

TRA benefits are a weekly allowance that may be paid to eligible workers following the exhaustion of their Unemployment Compensation benefits. This is usually the same amount as the UC payment in effect or established by the first separation from employment. To be eligible for TRA benefits, you must be totally laid off within the benefit period; have been entitled to and exhausted all UC payments; have worked for the affected employer 26 weeks at wages of $30 or more in the 52 week period ending with the week of separation; and be in approved training (or have that requirement waived). You will be given a maximum basic benefit entitlement (usually 26 weeks) and a 104­week eligibility period in which to receive that amount.

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