American Job Centers


Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA)


The Trade Act of 2009 includes additional benefits for Older Workers laid off from employers with approved petitions. RTAA is a wage supplement that pays up to 50% of the difference to eligible Trade-affected workers aged 50 or older who obtain new employment that pays less than their Trade-affected employment.

Qualified Worker:

  1. Must file a TRA claim and receive an eligibility determination from the TRA Unit. To file a TRA claim, please call 410-767-2534.
  2. Must be at least 50 years of age at the time of reemployment.
  3. Must be reemployed full-time as defined by the state or be re-employed part-time (more than 20 hours per week) and be in full-time TAA approved training.
  4. Cannot return to employment at the firm from which the worker was separated.
  5. Cannot earn more than $55,000 in the new employment.

RTAA Benefits:

  1. RTAA pays up to 50% of the difference between the worker's wages at time of qualifying separation and the worker's wages from new employment.
  2. RTAA benefits may be paid until the worker has received a total of $12,000 OR the eligibility period has expired OR until the worker's reemployment income is expected to reach the $55,000 annual limit, whichever comes first.
  3. RTAA participants may be eligible for the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC).

RTAA Eligibility Period:

  1. Workers who HAVE NOT received TRA HAVE a 2-year period starting at the earlier of:
      1. The date on which the worker exhausts all right to unemployment insurance based on separation from the TAA-approved employer
      2. Reemployment
  2. Workers who HAVE received TRA HAVE a 2-year period beginning with the date of reemployment, reduced by the number of weeks the worker received TRA.