Unemployment Information and COVID-19
- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) launched July 1st: This federal program provides 13 additional weeks of unemployment payments to Maine people if they’ve exhausted their initial 26-week benefit period. Those who have already exhausted their benefits and had been waiting for PEUC to be implemented were temporarily receiving benefits through a another federal program, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). These people will now be automatically enrolled in PEUC. When the enrollment happens, these people will receive a PEUC determination both in the mail and through their unemployment account correspondence. Due to differences in the programs, the weekly benefit amount available through PEUC may be different from the PUA weekly benefit.
- $600 weekly federal payment rolled out April 16th: Additional $600 per week payment rolled on April 16th provided from the federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program to those already receiving traditional state unemployment benefits. These payments were made retroactive to 4/4/2020. State income tax is taken from the weekly distributions of the $600. After the first payment, you will receive your weekly benefit amount and your $600 together.
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program launched May 1: Applications accepted for federal unemployment program covering self-employed and others starting Friday May 1st. See more on MDOL Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Informational web page.
Summary of Unemployment Programs
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