Maine Unemployment Benefits Information

How to calculate your federal unemployment benefits


Calculating your federal unemployment benefits in Maine is relatively simple. Each state establishes a different minimum wage amount, which is the lowest amount of money you could have earned to be eligible for benefits.

In order for a Maine worker to be “monetarily eligible” for benefits, he or she must have: 

•    Earned at least twice the amount of the average weekly wage in Maine for at least two calendar quarters during the corresponding base period. 
•    Earned at least six times the annual average weekly income throughout the entire base period. 

If you meet these standards, you will receive a Monetary Determination letter shortly after your ME unemployment benefits claim is reviewed. This letter will show the weekly benefit amount that you are entitled to, as well as the maximum amount of aid that you can be paid during the calendar year. The state recommends that all workers read this letter carefully, and swiftly report any errors or missing information to the Department of Labor. If certain wages have not been taken into consideration, you will need to provide the state with proof before a correction can be made. 

When reviewing your ME unemployment benefits claim, the government will only consider wages earned from a “subject employer” when calculating your monetary determination. A subject employer is an employer who pays into the state unemployment fund or who holds a liability for your benefits. The vast majority of employers, including state and federal employers, fall into this category. The government will notify you if your employer failed to pay unemployment taxes. If you earned wages in another state during the regular or alternate base period, you will need to file an interstate claim. If you are currently entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, those payments will be taken into consideration in regards to your monetary determination. 

The state limits the amount of federal unemployment benefits that you can receive. Your weekly benefit amount limit is calculated by taking your average income during the two highest quarters of your regular base period and dividing that number by 22. The maximum amount of unemployment that you can receive in a year is calculated by multiplying your weekly benefit amount by 26, or one-third of your base period income. If you exceed this aid limit, you will have to wait until the next calendar year to file another claim. A Maine unemployment benefits extension may also be available in certain cases. is a privately owned website that is not owned or operated by any government agency.