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Dislocated Worker Program

The City of Minneapolis Dislocated Worker Program serves people who have lost their job through no fault of their own. We connect residents to services which will enable laid off workers to return to work quickly at the highest skill and wage level possible.

If you've been laid off (didn’t quit or weren’t fired), are eligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits, and are unlikely to return to your previous occupation or industry, you may be eligible to receive services. Contact one of the City of Minneapolis Dislocated Worker Program service providers to discuss your individual situation.

Our knowledgeable, professional staff is committed to guiding you through the entire process. Services which are free and tailored to individual needs may include career counseling, skill updating, retraining, education, and job search assistance. Career counseling can include exploration of new opportunities in Minneapolis’ many growth sectors, including health care, education, and the green economy. Education can include tuition-free courses to fill a knowledge gap or build new skills.

A member of our dedicated team will help you identify the steps you want to take, assist you in removing any barriers along the way, and support you until you have found a rewarding new career. 

How to apply

Workers who have been laid-off can contact a Minneapolis Dislocated Worker Program service provider from this list to find out if they are eligible. Let the agency staff know that you have been or will be laid off and are interested in the Minneapolis Dislocated Worker program.

In addition, if you believe you lost your job or had your work hours or wages reduced due to federal trade activity, you could be eligible for federal assistance through the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. If that sounds like your circumstance, let the Dislocated Worker provider staff know that you might be eligible for the TAA program. TAA benefits are available to workers who lose their jobs, hours or income as a result of increased foreign trade activity. Program staff will guide you through the TAA application process and help connect you with these additional benefits.

For more information contact Catherine Christian at (612) 673-6230.


Last updated Oct. 11, 2013