(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that the Washington State Labor Council will receive $225,477, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, to improve service to employers and workers eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) in Washington State.

"Washington is the most trade dependent state in the nation. Overall, trade has created new jobs and economic growth for Washington state. But in some cases, trade has disrupted American jobs, and TAA services will continue to help those workers and communities that have been negatively impacted by trade," Murray said. “TAA means the difference between someone who is trapped outside the workforce without the skills they need and someone who can compete and win in today’s economy.”

TAA currently provides job retraining, income support and health care benefits to workers who have been adversely impacted by federal trade policies. The funding will be used by the Department of Labor to heighten public awareness of services and training. 

In 2007, Senator Murray co-sponsored the Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act, which expanded Trade Adjustment Assistance beyond manufacturing workers so that it also covers service-sector workers, streamlines eligibility for farmers, fishermen and active duty military personnel, increases the health care tax credit, and establishes a new program for rural communities adversely impacted by federal trade policies.