Unemployment Benefits

Before you call the Unemployment Claims Center...

Call volumes at Unemployment Claims Center are very high - the best way to file for benefits or to find out the status of your claim is to use the online services links below. To reach the Unemployment Claims Center by phone, call 1-800-593-7660 between 8:00 AM and 4:45 PM Monday through Friday. Please keep in mind that Mondays are high call volume days with 20-30 minute wait times. Wait times drop significantly later in the week.

*** File for Unemployment Online and Register with the Maine Job Bank ***

Late December though January is the busiest time of year for unemployment claims. Avoid wait times on the phone by following these suggestions: http://www.maine.gov/labor/news_events/article.shtml?id=611934 .

All individuals filing for unemployment will soon be checked for an active and complete Job Bank registration as part of filing your claim by phone or online. If you do not have an active or completed Job Bank account, you will be required to register with the Maine Job Bank before filing a claim.

Those with a complete Job Bank account will be able to file their claim more quickly and may avoid having to call the department and experience a long wait time on the phone. Activate your Job Bank account as soon as possible and use it to accept referrals for job opportunities so you will not risk being denied benefits. Learn more here: http://www.maine.gov/labor/news_events/article.shtml?id=633569 .

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Unemployment Programs Available in Maine

  • State Unemployment Insurance (UI) - for workers who have lost their job for reasons beyond their control.
  • Workshare - for workers at qualified businesses experiencing a temporary slowdown in work.
  • Other special programs - for workers laid-off from the military or Federal Government, people who lost their jobs due to foreign trade and natural disasters, and laid-off workers enrolled in training.