1. Overview: The State provides temporary compensation assistance for individuals
whom, consequently have involuntarily lost their job. Essentially, these
individuals must meet all currently outlined requirments if they wish
to collect these benefits during their layoff period. Furthermore, the
Federal Government also provides benefits, including Emergency Unemployment
Compensation (EUC) program. All Government benefit programs are
administered and paid via local offices, much like state benefits
(for specific information & questions on Federal programs, one can call or
visit any local unemployment office location).
2. Amount Determinations: Benefit amounts always vary from person
to person. In 2012, State regulations set the maximum benefit amount
provided to claimants at 1/2 of the claimant's previous wage earnings.
Example: A person who previously earned $900 weekly in salary would
typically receive $450 per week in State benefits. *These amounts
are subject to change. Periods of economic prosperity can slightly reduce
these amounts. Applicants are advised of all entitled benefit amounts
during their initial filing process (calculations of benefits
cannot be determined via phone claim, but are via online/web claims).
3. Length Determination: In 2012, individuals who file a
an initial benefits claim are entitled to 26 weeks of compensation from the
State. However, extended benefits are available to eligible claimants
by the State (extension of benefits for an additional 13 weeks).
Claimants who exhuast the additional 13 weeks of benefits can still
extend compensation through the EUC, for a specified period of time.
4. Payment Frequency: All qualified applicants must file bi-weekly
claims to continue receiving benefits. Compensation checks are sent to
the claimant once every 2 weeks for the duration of the collection period.
Typically, there is a 7 day waiting period before receiving your
first weekly amount.
5. Payout Methods: Compensation checks (by default) are sent
to the claimant's address on file bi-weekly, however, approved applicants
have the can choose to receive benefits via direct deposit. In order to
receive compensation amounts by direct deposit, individuals must check
the "direct payment" option during step 3 of the online filing process.
Unemployment Benefits in Maine
- Mailing address, including Zip Code and phone number.
- Social Security Number and Drivers License information.
- Name, address, phone number and Federal ID number of your last employer.
- Date work started and date ended.
- Past employer information at least 2 years.
Information for filing Maine Unemployment Insurance Benefits.
Start Your Claim Online.