Dislocated Workers Overview
Generally speaking, workers are considered to be dislocated if they lose their jobs through no fault of their own. However, they must be 18 years of age or older and fall into one of the following categories in order to satisfy the definition:

  • Workers who have been terminated or laid off due to substantial layoff or closure at a plant, facility, or enterprise; or are employed at a facility where the employer has made a general announcement that such facility will close within 180 days.
  • Self-employed workers (including employment as a farmer, rancher, or fisherman), who are now unemployed due to economic conditions in the community or natural disasters.
  • Displaced homemaker providing unpaid services in home to family members and  has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income; AND is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty upgrading or obtaining employment.
  • The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) extends a wide range of services to dislocated workers. In Maryland, there is an extensive network of service providers in place to assist you during this transition. It is important that you become aware of the services that are available to you. Our primary objective is to inform you of the choices that you have and to help alleviate some of the stress that you may be feeling.


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