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August 31, 2022

Benefits for Workers

Benefits for Workers
Benefits for Workers

On the first Monday of September, we observe Labor Day to recognize the hard work and dedication of American workers and labor unions. Recognized as a federal holiday since 1894, we celebrate the accomplishments of American workers and how important workers’ rights are for the health and happiness of our nation. In recognition of the American worker, here are some benefit programs that support our workers.

American Job Centers

American Job Centers give career support and employment and training opportunities for all Americans. Located across the country, American Job Centers can help you with a variety of challenges during your job search. American Job Centers can help you find training for your current career or even learn new skills to switch careers, as well as help you with your job search.

Job Corps

New to the workforce? Job Corps is an educational and technical training program for youth ages 16-24 who meet Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act eligibility requirements. Helping citizens for over 50 years, Job Corps helps graduates learn skills to help start a career, help with continuing education, or join the military. Job Corps provides technical training in the following job fields:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Automotive and Machine Repair
  • Construction
  • Finance and Business
  • Healthcare
  • Homeland Security
  • Hospitality
  • Information Technology
  • Renewable Resources and Energy
  • Transportation

Through the Job Corps program, young adults can earn a high school diploma equivalent, receive tuition-free housing and medical care, and get career advice and resources. Support does not end with graduation, as graduates of Job Corps can get career counseling and help for up to a year after they graduate.

Earned Income Tax Credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps workers with low or moderate incomes get a tax break. To qualify for this credit, you must:

  • Have worked and earned income under $57,414 annually
  • Have investment income below $10,000 in the tax year 2021
  • Have a valid Social Security number by the due date of your 2021 return (including extensions)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a resident alien all year

If you are interested in learning more, the Internal Revenue Service has an EITC qualification assistant that can help you find out if you are eligible.

Unemployment Insurance

If you are unemployed, Unemployment Insurance can provide help as you search for a new job. Requirements varies by state, but generally you must meet the following:

  • Be unemployed through no fault of your own
  • Have worked during a specified period, usually up to 18 months
  • Earned a minimum number of wages, as determined by each state
  • Be actively seeking work while you are collecting benefits

To find your state’s unemployment insurance program, visit the Employment and Career Development category on and select your state from the drop-down menu. This will quickly show you all programs that are available in your state.

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