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Updated : February 8th, 2019

State: Maine (ME)
Phone Number:1-800-593-7660.TTY (for Deaf and hard of hearing):Maine relay 711 Unemployment Tax Related Queries: (207) 621-5120;
Major Towns:Portland, Lewiston, and Bangor
Current Unemploymnet Rate in Maine

Maine Unemployment Questions

What is the base period?
The base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters immediately preceding the first day of your benefit year. We will use the last four completed quarters if you are not eligible using the regular base period quarters.

How long will I receive unemployment benefits?
The law establishes the maximum amount you may draw during your benefit year. This amount depends on your individual earnings and is limited to a maximum of 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits. Not all individuals qualify for all 26 weeks. You may also qualify for up to 20 additional weeks of benefits under a temporary Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Benefit program. (Additional benefits may also be available under Special Programs.)

Does Maine offer Employment Training Help?
Training is available. The Maine Department of Labor is a workforce development agency and uses a variety of federal and state programs. Workers who lose their jobs due to foreign imports may be eligible for training and other services if their employers have been "certified" under the Trade Adjustment Assistance laws (TAA). A list of certified employers is available under the Special Programs section. Contact the CareerCenter for more information.

Emergency Unemployment and Extended Benefits
Two temporary programs are providing extra weeks of unemployment benefits to workers who have run out of their up to 26 weeks of Regular Unemployment. Emergency Unemployment Compensation for workers who have run out of Regular Unemployment and are still unemployed. It provides additional weeks of benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation (Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and Tier 4) Extended Benefits for workers who have run out of both Regular Unemployment and Emergency Unemployment Compensation and are still unemployed. This program provides up to 13 more weeks of benefits after Regular Unemployment benefits and Emergency Unemployment Compensation have run out.

Maximum Amount of Benefits
The maximum amount of benefits that may be paid to any eligible individual with respect to any benefit year, whether for total or partial unemployment, may not exceed the lesser of 26 times the individual's weekly benefit amount or 33 1/3%, rounded to the nearest dollar, of the individual's total wages paid for insured work during the individual's base period, plus the supplemental weekly benefit for dependents payable under subsection 6.

Minimum Wage Eligibility Criteria
For each eligible individual establishing a benefit year on or after January 1, 1980, the individual has been paid wages equal to or exceeding 2 times the annual average weekly wage for insured work in each of 2 different quarters in the individual's base period and has been paid total wages equal to or exceeding 6 times the annual average weekly wage in the individual's base period for insured work. The annual average weekly wage amount to be used for purposes of this subsection is that which is applicable at the time the individual files a request for determination of insured status.

Why do I need to register?

Through your Maine Job Bank Plus account you will have access to services that let our staff match you with your job search goals, advanced job notification for Veterans, and additional resources including skills certification and training programs. Registering for a Plus account also meets the registration requirements if you are receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits.

You can also register through the Maine Job Bank Basic account. The Basic account is available to help you build a resume if you don’t have one or upload and improve your current resume. Either way, your Maine Job Bank Basic account will also match jobs based on your resume.

Note that for the time being, the Maine Job Bank Plus account and the Maine Job Bank Basic account are separate and you will create two accounts. In the near future, we’ll be merging the Basic account into the Plus account but until we can do that we wanted to give the opportunity to build and store a resume online and match your skills and qualifications to openings posted in the Maine Job Bank Basic account.

How do I register?
Click on Maine's Job Bank Plus Account or Go to Maine's Job Bank Basic account based on your needs. Our recommendation is to create a Plus Account to access all services. The Plus Account satisfies the UI requirement to register for work search. Registering with a Basic Account will allow you to simply upload an existing resume or use online tools to easily build a new resume.

What is the difference between Basic and Plus Accounts?

The Basic account offers new features which will enable users to upload and use an existing resume and online tools to easily build a new resume. The Basic account also has resume enhancing tools that suggest ways to improve your resume. The Basic account will provide you with similar job matching features as the Plus account, including notifications of job openings and job referral information. You will be able to match to jobs you have the skills for, but may not have considered applying to.

The Plus account will also allow you to receive automatic email notifications when jobs that match your qualifications and preferences are posted. You will be able to post your resume that can be sent to employers. Veterans who register with a Plus account will receive advanced job notification. A Plus account also meets registration requirements for Unemployment Insurance. The Plus account enables CareerCenter staff to provide you with updated notices of events, such as workshops, seminars and Job Fairs. Registering through a Plus account will provide you with access to other CareerCenter services such as career counseling and skills training.

Why do I have to enter my social security number?
In order to receive federal dollars and keep this service free, we are required to ask for your social security number. It is not made available to employers or the public. To avoid identity theft, state-of-the-art software has been installed to protect your privacy.

Will I be notified of job matches?
You will receive email notifications of matches to your profile (also known as referrals) if you turn the email notification on. You can do this on the "My Home" screen when you are logged in to your Maine Job Bank Plus account.

What does it mean to accept a referral?
When you accept a referral from either you Maine Job Bank Plus or Basic account it means that you are interested in the job and agree to contact the employer to apply for the job. Once you accept a referral you will be given the information that you need to apply for the job. We do this so employers have an idea as to who and how many will be applying for any given job.

Why am I receiving referrals for jobs that I know I am not qualified for?
Please be aware that we have increased the number of job notices sent to job seekers by going to broader occupational categories, which is matched to the categories that you selected in your profile. This allows the job seekers to view a greater number of employment opportunities and make his or her own decision about which jobs to apply for. If you are not qualified for a job that you received as a referral, you can ignore that referral.

Questions & Answers

    1. Richard,

      The aspirant will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  1. I worked as a sales representative for a company in Illinois that sold to a company based out of Pennsylvania. We had a division in NH that I was originally hired out of. I was offered a severance package of 15 weeks which ended the first week of April. I am still unemployed and wish to file a claim. Do I file in Illinois, Pennsylvania or Maine since this has been my residency for over a year? I thought it might be New Hampshire since there was a division in NH that I was hired but they denied saying I did not make wages in their state.

    1. William,

      Please consider filing from the state where your employment was based. Employers’ generally pay Unemployment Taxes into the state where the payroll is based. Also, if the severance payout is a one-time affair, you can apply for UI benefits immediately.

  2. I submitted my weekly certification then hours later I tried to go back in my account and I had just call the center and had a lock took off my account which cause for a change password I renter wrong as it said being that I already submitted will it stop my funds from going thru

  3. I received my first payments then I’m maine I tried on the first of Jan to apply my weekly Ben and my account was lock that said do to maile coming back cause they didn’t have the right apt number which was not true they had it from the beginning When I debunk that claim the then says over payment which my bank statement shows every payment was correct once I debunk that they then said u left the stare for two days for New Years but no job interview or appointment was schedule so now there holding my benefits cause I appealed it and there now saying they have a100 other appeals from December to deal with which I feel is unfair

    1. Unfortunately, we have to wait before they take up your appeal. Please be patient and keep chasing the Office at regular intervals.

    2. I appreciate the advice/ now the reason has change again now my deputy decision says I spoke to a costumer resprestive and said I was in New York and didn’t kno when I was returning I been workin. In Maine the 2yrs and traveling back and forth all of sudden I don’t kno when I’m coming back to maine I only went for New Years and prior to that my
      Moms funeral but at both times there was no interview or jobs schedule so I don’t get there point but I’m being patient

  4. If i work for a school and have the summer time that is unpaid can I apply to unemployment for just the summer months?

    1. Michelle,

      Seasonal employment does not generally qualify due to the obvious nature of work. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  5. i quit my job 4/30/18, however i received an email from my direct manager saying my time has run out and it’s time to part ways back on march 26, 2018. they manage out of threat and fear. it’s a sales job. no end date was provided, and I was already suffering from insomnia as i was worried about my job every night. i have a 12 year old i raise on my own, i went to the ER 2/4/18 for 3.5 months of insomnia, and being an on the road sales guy I thought I was going to die driving to my appointments. we have no HR, and I report directly to the ceo, so if i asked for time off it would have been it. i also was exremely worried about my reputation as I felt the CEO lied to to investors. I was also told by the vp of sales that there was only a 51 percent chance that the other sales rep wasnt trading my leads to a competitor for leads in his territory. i have this email too. I thought they were going to tell me i was nuts. how much does one have to put up with before one says goodbye.

    1. Brett,

      Hope things get better soon in your personal life. This is a tricky situation. I suggest you call the Unemployment Office and discuss with a representative before making a decision on your job.

  6. I have been employed for almost 6 months and am not getting many hours. I have been getting and average of 15 hours a week. This week only 10 hours. I do work at another place 6 hours a week. Would I qualify for unemployment?

  7. My husband was fired from his job on Feb. 1st and filed for unemployment on Feb 2nd. We have got to pay rent plus a multiple of other jobs. Why is it taking so lon?

    1. Please note this is a private forum. We do not have access to your Claim records.

      You can chase the Claims Center for payment by calling them on the phone numbers provided.

  8. if I have been having medical issues making it almost impossible to drive to a job and had recently been hired by Walmart but couldn’t make it in today and under there rules is automatic i eligible for benefits

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  9. June 17th it will be a year at my place of employment. Now I was hired for 40 hours a week. Up until now I have gotten 40 to 46 hours a week, they are now cutting everyone’s hours down to 32 a week, now they say this is due to us not getting the work out that we need to be, which dont make a whole lot of sense. However I was wondering if I qualified for partial unemployment? Both My significant other and I work here and $9.00 per hour at 32 hours a week, we just can’t make ends meet.

  10. Would I be eligible if I got fired from my job of almost two years because I felt it unsafe to drive on my unplowed road with over 5 inches of snow?

    1. You will not qualify since UI benefits are only extended to those who’ve had employment in the last 4-5 calendar quarters.

  11. The Calculator for Maine tells me I am eligible for $564 a week. The max weekly benefit amount is $378. Is this a technical error or am I missing something?

    1. The calculator is not customized state wise. It will only provide a rough estimate.

      We will look into it. Apologies.

  12. Asking for a friend who was laid off yesterday and is 65 years old. Can not wait for full retirement age of 66 in May. Applying for Social Security now. Is she also eligible for unemployment too?

  13. do I qualify If I quit my job as a painter due to unsafe/unfair conditions such as- only one 30 min unpaid lunch in an 8 or more hour day, working around lead without being provided all the proper gear, around harmful vapors and dusts without being provided a mask or only one paper mask to be re-used throughout the whole course of the job, being asked to dispose of paint cans which still have wet latex and/or oil based paint still in them in my bosses personal dumpser and being made to climb 30+ ft tall ladders with no safety gear or be on a roof with no safety gear. I’m not sure how much of these qualify as I’m not an expert on the labor and safety regulations

    1. Firstly, you will only be eligible if your employer is paying the relevant taxes on your behalf. If you’re contracted, you may not qualify.

      If the conditions are unsafe, one can quit and claim compensation. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state.

  14. I am a secretary for MSAD #54. I do not receive pay for school vacations, can I apply for unemployment for the time that I will be missing because of vacation?

    1. Employment where there is a definite time off like working in a school does not qualify.

      Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept. in your state for further information.

  15. I have been at my job just over three years. I just found out I will be having two surgeries and will be out for at least 8 weeks. Can I get temporary unemployment during this time?

    1. I am afraid,no.The surgery will put you under rest for a certain period.

      Please check with your employer if you can get any benefits under the workers compensation act.

    1. This is a public website and not the unemployment office so I deleted your personal information. Often the information you seek is available on the website.

  16. T live in Mariaville Me outside of Ellsworth Me. Where do I go the sign up for unemployment I will be losing my job in late Oct.

    1. You should be able to find that information on the unemployment website for Maine. Check it out… lots of useful information.

  17. I’ve been working in Maine, at a store Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9 hours a day every week since last October, thats around 10 months of steady employment. Now my boss who owns the company told me last week that she would like to do her payroll through @work, a temp agency, and that it would not affect me in any way except that I would be bringing my hours and getting my checks from @work. Now this week after I’ve filled out all the paperwork for @work, my boss tells me she wants me to work only Mondays. That reduces my hours by two thirds, and my income. I cant live on that. Now my question is can I file for unemployment for the two days I was getting and retain my job, or quit this job and receive unemployment for all three days while I find another job? Or now that I’ve filled out all paperwork for the temp agency is it even possible to receive unemployment?

    1. You should have earned sufficient amount in the base period to qualify. Quitting the job might not be a good option, but you can check if you receive unemployment for significant reduction in working hours. Also note that your employer should have paid employment taxes for you to qualify.

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