Workforce Investment Act Dislocated Worker Program
Total ARRA Appropriation: $1.250 billion
New Jersey’s Portion: $32.7 million
Allocation Method: Funds are allocated by federal formula for local distribution to local workforce areas, and additional resources are reserved for statewide services to workers affected by mass layoffs.

Program Overview
The Dislocated Worker Program funds job-preparation initiatives for dislocated workers and provides training and employment opportunities through the One-Stop Career Center System.

Federal Requirements and Restrictions
Workers must be classified as a dislocated worker under federal guidelines.

Program Eligibility
18 years of age or older
  • Citizen or legal alien
  • Selective Service Registration (Males)
  • Classified as a dislocated worker under federal guidelines

Project Prioritization:
Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention: The Governor has established mortgage foreclosure intervention/prevention as an important goal. LWD will target ARRA funds to provide additional services to eligible Dislocated Workers at risk of mortgage foreclosure

  • Targeting reemployment opportunities in demand occupations
  • Eligible Dislocated Workers will be informed about the new subsidy for continuation of health insurance through the ARRA

Important Program Dates
The ARRA requires that the funding must be spent by June 30, 2011. Federal guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor requires 80% of funds to be obligated by June 30, 2009. As required by the U.S. Department of Labor, New Jersey will submit a State Plan for the use of these ARRA funds to ensure the quickest and most effective use of these funds.

To find your local One-Stop Center, please visit the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s website at: