AUGUSTA – For the week ending October 3, the Maine Department of Labor recorded about 1,700 initial claims filed for state unemployment insurance, and 670 initial claims filed for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). During the week ending Oct. 3 there were about 2,150 individuals filing an initial claim or reopening their unemployment claim.
About 22,300 weekly certifications, or continued claims, were filed last week for state unemployment, with another 15,900 weekly certifications filed under PUA. In addition, about 13,000 weekly certifications were filed for the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program and 950 weekly certifications were filed for the state Extended Benefits program. Weekly certifications must be filed by claimants every week in order to continue to receive unemployment benefits.
Between March 15 and October 3, the Maine Department of Labor has paid out over $1.59 billion in federal and state unemployment benefits.
The Department has handled approximately 190,500 initial claims for the state unemployment program and 93,500 initial claims for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. There have been over 2.5 million weekly certifications filed.
Claims data is preliminary and subject to revision. Claims data can be found here: https://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/ui.html