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How Do I File for Unemployment Insurance?

To File by Telephone:
You can file your claim for benefits by calling an Unemployment Call Center. You will be asked questions about the jobs you held during the last 18 months and the reason why you are no longer working. You do not need to fill out an application form to file your claim. However, you will need the following information when you call:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • The business name, address and telephone number of each place you worked at during the past 18 months
  • The jobs you held and the dates you worked (for each employer.)

The telephone numbers listed below will connect you with the Call Centers. Use the number that is local or nearest to you geographically:

624-7560 (Augusta)
834-2450 (Fort Kent)
596-4380 (Rockland)

561-4600 (Orono)
753-2800 (Lewiston)
324-5461 (Sanford)

286-1500 (Biddeford)
822-4128 (Portland)
474-4930 (Skowhegan)

454-1077 (Calais)
768-6800 (Presque Isle)

If you do not have a phone, you can file your claim by using phones provided free of charge at the Department of Labor CareerCenter nearest you.

Language Translation: If you do not speak English and need help filing your claim, we will provide interpreter services. Dial the call center and hear the service menu begin, press "1" on the keypad of your phone. Your call will be sent directly to a Claims Representative. Tell the representative what language you speak. An interpreter will be called to help you file your claim and with questions you may have.

To File by Mail
Forms necessary for claiming unemployment benefits can be downloaded and mailed. You will need the Initial Application form B9.2, the Income Tax Withholding form W4-V and the Dependents form B-70. A Benefits Rights Booklet and weekly claim forms will be mailed to upon receipt of your Initial Claim form. Unemployment claim forms are available at any Department of Labor CareerCenter and many town offices throughout Maine. Instructions for completing and mailing these applications are included with the forms. download printable forms table

Claimant Frequently Asked Questions about Unemployment Insurance



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