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Dislocated Workers

What is a Dislocated Worker?

A "dislocated worker" is an individual:

  • Who has been terminated through no fault of their own, or laid off, or has received a notice of termination or layoff from employment;
  • Who is eligible for or has exhausted entitlement to unemployment compensation; or
  • Has been employed for a duration sufficient to demonstrate but is not eligible for unemployment compensation due to insufficient earnings or having performed services for an employer that were not covered under a State unemployment compensation law; AND
  • Is unlikely to return to a previous industry or occupation;
  • Has been terminated or laid off from employment as a result of any permanent closure of, or any substantial layoff at a plant, facility, or enterprise;
  • Is employed at a facility at which the employer has made a general announcement that such facility will close within 180 days; OR
  • For purposes of eligibility to receive services other than training services, intensive services, or supportive services, is employed at a facility at which the employer has made a general announcement that such facility will close;
  • Was self-employed but is unemployed as a result of general economic conditions in the community in which the individual resides or because of natural disaster; OR
  • Is a displaced homemaker.

Dislocated Worker Programs

There are various programs in Workforce Development that are available for dislocated workers. All of the programs are accessed from the SCWorks Centers.

  • Job Services
  • Unemployment Insurance Service
  • Older Workers
  • Career Resources
  • Training Opportunities
  • Veterans' Services
  • Resume Services
  • Special Assistance (childcare, transportation, etc)

Contact your local SCWorks Center for further information and eligibility requirements for any of these programs.

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