On December 31, 2013, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program (EUC) ended and has not been reinstated. There is no need to call the unemployment office concerning the EUC program at this time. If we become aware of any updates concern the EUC program, we will post notification on our website and on the phone system.
If you are calling because you did not receive your 1099G, you may not have kept your address current with the Department of Labor. The postal service will not forward this mail. You may view the 1099 information on the web at www.file4ui.com. If you need a paper copy of the 1099G form, you will need to speak to a customer service representative to update your personal information.
Unemployment insurance provides temporary, partial wage replacement to workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. This page provides information for people filing for unemployment. Click here for information for employers.
- 4/18/2014: Maine Unemployment Rate 5.9 Percent in March
- 4/16/2014: Maine's Job Bank Surpasses 7,500 Real, Local Jobs
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 online services for unemployment claimants. 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.
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.