Updates Regarding Unemployment

The Bureau of Unemployment Compensation

Maine Dept. of Labor will begin taking claims for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program on May 1st. The program covers those who are self-employed, or otherwise ineligible for traditional state unemployment benefits. Please do not apply until 8 a.m. on May 1, when the new application becomes available. More information can be found on the State of Maine’s PUA webpage: www.maine.gov/unemployment/pua.

Rick also listened in on a webinar today, regarding PPP loans and Unemployment and learned the following…

  • If you receive a PPP loan you can still apply for unemployment benefits to cover the period from 2/15/20 until you received your PPP loan money.
  • If your tax return showed zero net income from your business you can apply for unemployment and get a minimum of $172/week PLUS the extra $600/week ($772 total per week)