Providing information about resources to dislocated (laid-off) workers

Being laid off is a fearful experience. However, you do not need to go through it alone. Through its Rapid Response Program, the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) offers layoff transition services to help workers deal with the effects of layoffs and plant closures. The services and resources provided through the program can get you back to work as soon as possible and minimize the disruptions in your life. The Rapid Response team can help you with the unemployment insurance process, and provide information about training, skills-upgrading resources and much more.

Rapid Response is triggered when a company files a WARN notice or announces a layoff. A WARN is a notification by an employer, required by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. These notices provide protection to employees, their families and their communities by requiring 60 days notice of layoff or plant closings, giving employees time to look for other work, file for unemployment or take care of other items that could be affected by the status of their employment.

The Rapid Response team will work with employees to quickly maximize public and private resources to minimize disruptions associated with job loss.

At a Rapid Response orientation, you will be informed of services such as:

  • Unemployment insurance
  • One-on-one career counseling and job search assistance
  • Résumé preparation and interviewing skills workshops
  • Education and training opportunities
  • Health benefits/insurance information (COBRA, Affordable Care Act)
  • Assistance programs (mortgage, utilities, retirement)
  • Local labor market facts and figures
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), if applicable

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) funds Rapid Response teams through the state to assist employers and workers during layoffs and plant closures. In San Diego, the Rapid Response teams are comprised of representatives from:

  • SDWP
  • California EDD
  • America’s Job Centers of California
  • financial advisors

For more information on Rapid Response, contact


How do I file an Unemployment Insurance claim?

Instructions on how to file UI claims are described in the Rapid Response presentations by the Employment Development Department. For information on how to file a claim, visit:

What are the Trade Adjustment Act training funds?

If layoffs or plant closures are due to foreign competition, you may be eligible for additional training under the Trade Adjustment Act (TAA). According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the TAA Program is a federal entitlement program that assists U.S. workers who have lost or may lose their jobs as a result of foreign trade. This program seeks to provide adversely affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, credentials, resources, and support necessary to become re-employed.

The first step to receiving TAA benefits and services is to file a petition online or by mail with DOL. Petitions are available online and may also be obtained at America’s Job Centers of California. TAA petitions may be filed by:

  • Three or more workers in the same firm or subdivision
  • The workers’ employer
  • A union official or other duly authorized representative of such workers
  • America’s Job Centers of California operators or partners

Upon receiving a petition, DOL initiates an investigation to determine whether the circumstances of the layoff meet the group eligibility criteria established by the Trade Act of 1974, as amended.

If you believe your layoff is due to the result of foreign trade, visit your local America’s Job Center of California to file a petition.

For more information on TAA training funds, visit: