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:


  1. 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
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  • 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 choose 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 GED or  need basic educational skills in reading or math, you may qualify for classroom study. For further information, contact the Passaic 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 Passaic 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 Passaic 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.

The law defines disability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (work) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s), that can be expected to result in death or that have lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months.

At the state level, the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation provides services that enable individuals with disabilities to find jobs. This New Jersey division also offers assistance to people with disabilities who are having problems keeping their jobs. DVRS is staffed by experienced rehabilitation counselors who provide valuable services to people who, as a result of physical, learning, mental, or emotional difficulties, need assistance obtaining or maintaining employment. Learn more about Vocational Rehabilitation Services in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Division of Disability Services focuses on serving people who have become disabled as adults, whether through illness or injury. Such conditions are also called late-onset disabilities. It is estimated that one in five people – about 1.75 million New Jerseyans – has a disability that may limit his or her physical or cognitive function. Learn more about the services this division offers to people with disabilities.

Unemployment Insurance (UI) is available for laid-off workers. For new claims call (English) 973-742-9226 x7341 or file a claim online for unemployment benefits. If you are having are having difficulty with your claim, you may speak with a UI representative on a first-come, first-served basis. Phone lines and computers are available at the One-Stop free of charge.

If you are 55 and over and have low income, the WorkForce 55+ program offers various job search assistance programs. The aim of WorkForce 55+ is to help seniors return to the work place through an exciting program in which you earn while you learn. WorkForce 55+ participants receive the counseling, assessment, and training necessary to enable them to be placed in unsubsidized employment. Learn more about Workforce 55+.

If you are a qualified veteran of the U.S. military, a Veterans Representative can assist you with your job search. The Jobs for Veterans Act affords “priority of service” to veterans and spouses seeking employment, training, and placement services provided by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Learn more about priority of service for eligible veterans and spouses and One-Stop services for Veteran job seekers.

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