Characteristics and County of Residence for Continued Unemployment Claimants

The Maine Department of Labor's unemployment insurance programs provide unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own, (as determined under Maine State law), and meet certain other eligibility requirements. Congress enacted new temporary federal unemployment programs under the CARES Act passed in March of 2020 (which were extended by the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020). These programs include:

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) opened for applications in Maine on May 1, 2020. The program provides unemployment benefits for those who are not eligible for regular state unemployment insurance, including the self-employed and other categories of workers not typically able to receive unemployment and directly affected by COVID-19.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) launched in Maine the week of June 29, 2020. It offers up to 24 more weeks of unemployment benefits to those who’ve already exhausted their state unemployment benefits.

More details about transitioning through these programs is available here.

In addition to these temporary federal programs, Maine triggered onto state Extended Benefits (EB) in May 2020. The state EB program is only in effect during times of high unemployment, and Maine triggered off in November 2020. The program provided up to 13 weeks of unemployment benefits to those who had exhausted both their state unemployment insurance and then federal PEUC benefits.

These data come from a monthly snapshot of claimants filing a continued claim in any program described above, during the week that includes the 12th day of the month.

Characteristics and County of Residence for Continued Unemployment Claimants

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Notes: It is believed that these claims data contain fraudulent claims. Data from May 2020 may be unreliable due to a high prevalence of imposter fraud. Beyond imposter fraud, there are other known and unknown data quality problems associated with unemployment insurance claims data. Many data elements presented in the visualizations above are self-reported by claimants and are missing or unknown in many cases. Claimants with missing residential information are excluded in the aggregated Monthly Data by Claimant County of Resident and Time Trend: Statewide and By County visualizations above. As a result, total counts of claimants may not match in all of the visualizations presented above. Industry and occupational data are not available for claimants filing in the PUA program which was created by the CARES Act.

Source: Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Unemployment Compensation

Find answers to frequently asked questions about unemployment insurance: https://www.maine.gov/unemployment/faq/index.shtml

For more information about how to file a claim, file a weekly certification, video support, information for employers and more, go to: https://www.maine.gov/unemployment/