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84.  As of today, is either of your parents a dislocated worker?  See Notes page 9.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't know

Why are they asking this information?

This question asks about your parents’ employment status, particularly, whether they are dislocated workers.

How to answer this question / fill out this section

If your parent/parents do not meet this criteria, you will select “No.” If they meet any of the above criteria, select “Yes.”

What is a dislocated worker?

Your parent/parents are considered dislocated workers if they:

  • Have been laid off.  This is a parent who has lost their job out of their control. This does not apply to a parent to voluntarily leaves their job.
  • Are receiving unemployment benefits as a result of being laid off.  This is a parent who has lost their job out of their control and is receiving employment compensation while they look for a new job)
  • Is a displaced homemaker.  This is a stay-at-home parent who has had to relocate due to factors beyond their control, such as a move due to financial issue.
  • Had been self-employed, but no longer working due to factors beyond their control.  This is a parent who may have owned their own business and lost their business due to factors out of their control. This does not apply to a parent to voluntarily sells or closes their business because they wish to pursue a different job.
  • Is a spouse of an active duty member of the military and has lost a job or has been unsuccessful in finding a job as a result of having to relocate to a new place.  This is a parent who may have had a job in one place, but whose spouse may have been relocated to another military base, and so this parent may have had to give up their job as a result.

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