Dislocated Worker Program

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Dislocated Worker Program

The federal WIA Dislocated Worker program is administered by local WorkSource offices where eligible workers are assigned a Dislocated Worker counselor to help assess their needs.The program provides employment and training services for unemployed and underemployed workers who are unlikely to return to their previous industry or occupation.

Other eligible individuals may include:

  • Workers notified of a layoff or reduction in hours;
  • Formerly self-employed who are out of work due to economic conditions or natural disaster; and,
  • “Displaced Homemakers” who were reliant on the income of a spouse but that income is no longer available (i.e., through layoff, divorce or death).

Eligible workers may have access to:

  • One-on-one career counseling
  • Vocational training assistance including tuition, books and supplies (up to 6 quarters, depending on needs and available resources)
  • On-the-Job Training
  • Additional Support Services

The Dislocated Worker Program is NOT an entitlement program, which means funds are available based on demand and availability.