Maine unemployment provides temporary financial assistance to workers in Maine who have lost their jobs involuntarily. Maine unemployment is a joint program of both the United States and Maine governments.
In order to be eligible for Maine unemployment, you need to have worked in Maine as an employee overed for employers who are subject to unemployment compensation law, and earned a minimum level of income during the past 18 months.
In order to apply for unemployment benefits in Maine, you’ll need the following information:
- Your Social Security Number or Alien Registration Number(if you are not a U.S. citizen)
- The business name, address and telephone number of each employer you worked for during the past 18 months
- The jobs you held and the dates you were employed at each job
You can file an initial claim for Maine unemployment in three ways:
- You can file for Maine unemployment benefits online
- You can file for Maine unemployment benefits by telephone, by calling 1-800-593-7660. Wait times for phone applications are usually shortest on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.
- You can file for Maine unemployment benefits through the mail, by submitting the following forms which you can obtain at a Maine Department of Labor Career Center: 1. Initial Application Form (B9.2); 2. Income Tax Witholding Form (W4-V); and 3. Dependents Form (B-70)