Under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reform Act of 2002, workers whose jobs have moved overseas can be eligible for a battery of extra assistance, including income support, job training, tax credits for health insurance, and job search and relocation allowances. Some older workers can even receive a temporary income subsidy, a form of “wage insurance,” which helps cushion the financial blow when a new job pays much less than the old one.
Unless you’re an IT worker.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training
that programmers like Fusco do not qualify, because of the nature of
what they’d produced on their old jobs: software. The government cited
commerce and trade rules that classify software as a “service” and “not
a tangible commodity,” rather than an “article” as the trade act
Lifted from this article at Salon.