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Workforce Investments

​​​Dislocated Workers

The Dislocated Worker program is administered by HECC Office of Workforce Investments and federally funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), providing services for dislocated workers. Oregon’s WorkSource Center staff can explain and help workers who have been laid off access the many services and programs Oregon has available to assist workers in finding employment.​

2023 Guide for Laid Off Workers in Oregon​​

  What is a Dislocated Worker?​

You may be a dislocated worker if you lost your job and one or more of these things are true about you:
  • ​​You have been terminated, laid off, or received a notice of termination or layoff and are unlikely to return to your usual occupation or industry because of:
    • A permanent plant closure;
    • A substantial layoff;
    • ​Foreign competition; and
    • Lack of demand for your skills.
  • You are eligible for or have exhausted unemployment or you have been employed long enough to establish being part of the workforce, but not eligible for unemployment due to not earning enough or your employer not covered under unemployment and you are unlikely to return to a previous industry or occupation.
  • You are self-employed, but the economy or a natural disaster has put you out of work. Examples include farmers, ranchers, fishermen, etc.
  • You are a displaced homemaker, an individual who has been providing unpaid services to family members in the home and who
    • 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 in obtaining or upgrading employment.
  • ​​You are a dependent spouse of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty who has experienced a loss of employment as a direct result of relocation to accommodate
    • ​a permanent change in duty station of such member; or
    • the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty and who meets the criteria of a displaced homemaker.
  • You are a service members who is transitioning to the civilian workforce, are within 12 months of separating or 24 months of retirement.
  • You are a recently separated veterans who is within 48 months of discharge or release from active military, naval, or air service.​​​​
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Dislocated Worker Services

Oregon Dislocated Worker Services begin at a local WorkSource Oregon center​.