The Bureau of Unemployment Compensation


Offices Closed on Memorial Day

State offices, including Maine CareerCenters, are closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. We will re-open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29.

Important Notice for First-Time Unemployment Claimants

Initial claims that are filed on or after June 1, 2018, may be eligible for a higher Weekly Benefit Amount. If you are opening a claim with a new benefit year, you may receive a higher benefit amount if you wait until after June 1, 2018 to file your initial claim. If you file before June 1, 2018, you will be locked into the lower benefit amount.

Memorial Day and Payment Delay

Due to banks being closed on the Memorial Day holiday, unemployment claims without any eligibility issues that are filed on May 26, 27 or 28 won’t be processed until Tuesday, May 29. Please plan for this delay.

Unemployment: Work Search and Technical Support Line Availability

Claimants who need help creating a ReEmployME account, have issues with their account, or who need to provide work search efforts for a weekly certification filed via the automated phone filing system, can call a Work Search and Technical Service Representative between 8:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday except state and federal holidays, at 207-623-6765. Work Search and Technical Service representatives can only take work search efforts to complete a claim previously filed on the automated phone filing system, or answer questions about creating a ReEmployME account.



The Bureau of Unemployment Compensation contributes to economic stability by providing temporary employer-funded benefits to eligible individuals while they seek re-employment. We operate an accessible, integrity-driven program in a timely and accurate manner.