Depending on the type of job you had or where you live, dislocated worker resources may vary. Act right away to review your options, apply for unemployment benefits, and ask about services for dislocated workers. This is the fastest way to find out if you qualify, what services you can get, and where.
You may be a dislocated worker if you’ve lost your job and one or more of these things is true about you:
- You have been terminated, laid off, or have received a “notice of termination or layoff” and are unlikely to return to your usual occupation or industry because of:
- a permanent plant closure
- a substantial layoff
- foreign competition
- lack of demand for your skills
- You are self-employed, but the economy or a natural disaster has put you out of work. Examples include farmers, ranchers, and fishermen (probably ineligible for unemployment benefits).
- You are a displaced homemaker who is either unemployed or working at a job that does not support your household (probably ineligible for unemployment benefits).
One-Stop Resources for Dislocated Workers include:
- Individual Training Accounts: If you are economically disadvantaged or dislocated in your job due to a layoff, you may be eligible to receive an Individual Training Accounts (ITA) grant up to $4,000. You may chose from a number of leading post-secondary schools or colleges, provided the school is approved by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and the field is deemed a demand occupation. If you are unemployed, you may be eligible to receive a tuition waiver to attend classes — tuition-free — at a New Jersey public college or university. If you are interested in obtaining a HSE (formally GED) or need basic educational skills in reading or math, you may qualify for classroom study. For further information, contact the Bergen One-Stop at 201-329-9600.
- Transition Manual: The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has developed a Manual for Transitioning Dislocated Workers. This manual, the first in a series, focuses on dislocated workers from the financial services sector, the focal point of the current economic crisis. By analyzing the skills and education that each one of these categories requires, the State identified compatible jobs that are abundant in non-finance industries. The compatibility also takes into consideration the wages of the worker prior to getting dislocated as well as the training needed, if any, to transition into that job. The manual also outlines various opportunities available in the emerging green economy.
- E-Learning: The Bergen One-Stop offers online job training or “E-Learning,” giving you access to over 2,500 online course from various career fields to enhance your job skills. ITAs and E-Learning are also available for low-income individuals.
- On-the-Job-Training (OJT) Grants: Supported by federal funds, these OJT grants could help you acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the job adequately.
- Disaster Relief Employment: The One-Stop and the County of Bergen partnered in 2011 to support a Disaster Relief Employment Program for municipalities hit by Hurricane Irene. Through a National Emergency Grant, the One-Stop put 65 individuals to work in 14 communities for restorative efforts. These temporary jobs were open to the long-term unemployed, or to those who lost their jobs due to the hurricane.