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.

*** SERVER UPDATE FOR INTERNET ACCESS ***

The Maine Internet Claims system and the telephone Interactive Voice Response (IVR) claims system will both be unavailable today from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM. The Office of Information Technology will be doing regular maintenance during this time. This means that you will not be able to file claims by telephone or the internet, view your claim history or file an internet appeal during that time. Services should be restored shortly after 7:00 PM.

What's New

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.