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Maine Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Requirements

Maine Unemployment Insurance:Eligibility_Requirements
Maine Unemployment insurance provides a temporary source of income to individuals who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Unemployment insurance is funded by unemployment taxes paid by employers.
 
How to apply for Maine Unemployment Benefits:
You can apply for unemployment online, by telephone, or by mail. Your best option for filing an unemployment claim is to file online.
 
What can keep me from qualifying for Unemployment?

You may have enough covered wages in your base period and still be denied for other reasons. Some of the reasons for disqualification are listed below.

You may be disqualified if you:

  • were discharged or fired for misconduct [Laws, Rules]
  • voluntarily quit without good cause attributable to the employment [Laws , Rules]
  • are not able and available for full-time work [Laws, Rules]
  • are not a U. S. citizen and not authorized to work in this country [Laws, Rules]
  • have limited the wages, hours, days, or areas of a job you would accept [Laws, Rules]
  • do not report for or satisfactorily participate in reemployment services as directed [Laws, Rules]
  • are self employed [Laws, Rules]
  • are involved in a strike [Laws, Rules]
  • are not looking for work [Laws, Rules]
  • refuse suitable work [Laws, Rules] 
Maine Maximum Unemployment Benefit:
The dollar amount you are qualified to receive each week is called your weekly benefit amount. It is based on your earnings during a set period prior to losing your job. The figure is calculated by dividing the average of your wages in the 2 highest quarters of your base period by 22. The maximum weekly benefit you can receive is $378.00 (plus $10 per dependent per week up to one half the weekly benefit amount). read more

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