Maine Unemployment

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program was created to help individuals financially while they find a job. You must apply for benefits as soon as you are unemployed or your working hours have been reduced.

In order to be eligible to receive UI benefits, individuals must comply with several requirements.

You must:

  • Be unemployed (totally or partially).
  • Actively seeking work.

*Some individuals may be waived from this requirement.

  • Able and available for work.
  • Report refusal of offers of work or referrals.
  • Report any earnings during the week that you claim benefits.
  • Report any severance, holiday pay and other nonwage payments.
  • Report any pensions.
  • File a one-week Waiting Period.
  • File weekly claims to receive benefits.

Claimants also need to be prepared with all pertaining documents and information.

You will need:

  • Social Security number

  • Alien registration number (if applicable)

  • Work information of each place you worked at during the past 18 months:

    • Business name

    • Jobs you held

    • Dates you worked for each employer

    • Address

    • Telephone number

You can file for unemployment benefits online, by phone or by mail.

To file a claim online, you must use the Maine’s Department of Labor, Bureau of Unemployment Compensation Internet Claims Filing System. To access the system, visit: https://gateway.maine.gov/.

If you don’t have access to a computer, visit the nearest CareerCenter or local library.

For CareerCenter locations, visit: http://www.mainecareercenter.com/.

You may also use this system to reopen an UI claim and file weekly unemployment claims.

To file a UI claim over the phone, call toll-free 1-800-593-7660 or Maine relay 711(TTY).

To file by mail, you must complete the following forms:

  • Initial Application Form (B9.2)

  • Income Tax Witholding Form (W4-V)

  • Dependents Form (B-70)

You can find these forms online at: http://www.maine.gov/.

Forms provide all instructions and mailing address.

One you file your initial claim, you must certify your weeks to keep receiving unemployment benefits. You may file your weekly claims online, over the phone or by mail.

To file online, use the Internet Weekly Claim System at: https://gateway.maine.gov/.

To file over the phone, call 1-800-593-7660. You can call any time after 12:01 a.m. on Sundays.

To file by mail, send your weekly claim card to your UC Claims Center.

For locations, visit: http://www.mainecareercenter.com/.

Extended Benefits

Extended Benefits (EB) are extra unemployment benefits that are paid during periods of high unemployment. To find out if you qualify and if Maine has available EB, call 1-800-593-7660.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) provides unemployment assistance to individuals whose unemployment is the direct result of a major disaster as declared by the President of the United States.

For more information about this program, visit: http://www.workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/.

For other special programs offered in Maine, visit: http://www.maine.gov/.

What happens if I’m fired, laid off or if I quit?

You must report if you are fired, quit your job or refuse work to the Maine Department of Labor, so a determination of eligibility for UI benefits can be made.

When you file a claim, your employer will be mailed a “Notice of Filing” to verify the reason you have stated as to why you are no longer working. The Department will have the final say regarding your eligibility for benefits.

There is no penalty or reduction in Unemployment Insurance benefits if you are laid off.