August 6, 2020
Resources for Laid Off Workers
Unemployment Compensation: a weekly benefit may be available to workers who have lost a job through no fault of their own. Unemployment insurance claims can be filed 24/7 online. There is no physical unemployment office to visit. Instructions on how to file an initial claim or weekly certification and the log-in to ReEmployME can be found at https://www.maine.gov/unemployment . For questions regarding your unemployment claim, please call 1-800-593-7660. For general unemployment questions you may also contact your local CareerCenter.
Job Search Assistance: receive assistance with your job search on the Maine JobLink (matching your skills and experience to available job openings). To be eligible for unemployment compensation, you must be registered on Maine JobLink which can be accessed at joblink.maine.gov/ada/r/ . For questions regarding Maine JobLink please call 207-623-7967.
CareerCenter Services: includes workshops on the fundamentals of a successful job search, and job training assistance. There are 12 CareerCenters located throughout Maine with information and resources on-line at https://www.mainecareercenter.gov . Additional services may be available for military Veterans and those with a disability.
Health Care and Health Insurance is often a concern for someone who has lost a job. Consumers for Affordable Health Care serves as Maine's Consumer Assistance Program. They can provide you with confidential information on possible options for low-cost health insurance including MaineCare through their tollfree "Helpline" at 1-800-965-7476 or visit https://enroll207.com or https://www.coverme.gov/ .
Training Assistance: CareerCenter training partners offer financial assistance to qualified individuals.
Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford and Somerset County residents: Western Maine Community Action - wmca.org/service-categories/workforce-development/
Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Washington County residents: Eastern Maine Development Corporation- www.emdc.org/workforce/education-training/
Aroostook County residents: Aroostook County Action Program- www.acap-me.org/~n1da225/programs/workforcedevelopment/
Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo and York County residents: Workforce Solutions- www.workforcesolutionsme.org/
Maine also provides many options for Adult Training: contact Maine Education Opportunity Center - https://meoc.maine.edu/ or 1-800-281-3703, or Maine Spark - https://mainespark.me/adult-promise/adult-promise-hub/ for more information.
Dial "211 -for Additional Resource Information in your local area.
For a complete resource guide - https://www.maine.gov/labor/docs/2020/careercenter/transitionsguide2020a.pdf
If you have any questions about available services, please email us at RapidResponse.DOL@maine.gov