How to Apply For Unemployment in Maine


State Unemployment Department

Maine Department of Labor


How to Apply


Available Benefits

In Maine, the maximum weekly benefit amount is $359, although eligible individuals can get $10 additional per week per dependent. The first week of a claim is not payable as it is a waiting week, so claimants can expect to receive their first benefit payment within 2-3 weeks of initial filing. In order to calculate benefits, the base period is figured using the wages in the highest two benefit quarters by 22. Unemployment insurance benefits in the state of Maine are paid by debit card and direct deposit, at the discretion of the claimant. To learn more about the new unemployment debit card, click here. To learn more about unemployment direct deposit in Maine, click here.


Additional Eligibility Information

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