AUGUSTA — Now that the state has been awarded Disaster Unemployment Assistance, many Maine people who were unable to work as a result of the ice storm may be eligible for Maine’s Unemployment Insurance or Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
Most workers are covered under the regular unemployment insurance program. UI claims should be filed as early as possible. There is a one-week waiting period for this program due to high demand.
People not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits may qualify for disaster unemployment assistance, which went into effect Jan. 11.
Those who qualify for disaster unemployment assistance include dairy and agricultural farmers, small business owners, loggers, day care providers, commissioned brokers and agents, and other self-employed individuals.
Claims for disaster unemployment assistance must be filed by Feb. 15.
To file a claim for either program, call Maine’s unemployment centers at the following numbers:
Augusta — 624-7560; Bangor — 561-4600; Rockland — 596-4380; Skowhegan — 474-4930; Presque Isle — 768-6800; Fort Kent — 834-2450; Calais — 454-1077; Portland — 822-4128.
Applications are also available at disaster recovery centers at 10 Franklin St. in Bangor; 16 Cony St. in Augusta; and 35 Canal St. in Lewiston.