Dislocated Worker

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 listed in WIOA Section 3 (15):

  1. Has been terminated or laid off, or who has received a notice of termination or layoff, from employment;
  2. Self-employed workers (including employment as a farmer, rancher, or fisherman), who are now unemployed due to economic conditions in the community or natural disaster;
  3. Displaced homemaker who has been 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 or is the dependent spouse of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty; 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.

Although this can be a difficult time, there are many people out there who are working hard on your behalf to ease this transition. This may be an excellent opportunity for you to make a career change, to upgrade existing skills and to learn what is needed to be successful in the workforce.

The Dislocated Worker Service Guide offers information regarding many of the services that are available to you through the Lower Shore American Job Center located at 31901 Tri-County Way in Salisbury, Maryland, as well as some helpful web links to other local offices. Throughout this process, you will be informed of the range of services available as well as where, when and how to access those services. We certainly hope to cover all of the bases for you! Please be aware that in order to take full advantage of all of these services, you must have been employed with your company at the time of the layoff or closure announcement. However, if you were employed after this date, you still have access to what are known as core services such as basic computer training, job search assistance and resume writing.

We look forward to working with you!

Lower Shore American Job Center
31901 Tri-County Way
Salisbury, Maryland 21804
(410) 341-6515 Phone
TTY Users call via Maryland Relay Service 7-1-1

Tips--what to do once you are unemployed:

  • Develop a job search plan of action by:
    • Setting weekly goals for yourself
    • Staying focused
    • Utilizing your free time to explore job interest(s)
    • Researching companies
    • Networking
    • Applying to available job vacancy listings.

      The more focused you are, the less frustrated you will become with your job search.