At Time Of Low Unemployment, Maine Sees Fewer Jobless Claims

Jun 19, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Labor is cutting back hours at its unemployment call center and laying off 10 employees at a time of historic low unemployment.

The department’s spokeswoman says unemployment claims are at a 32-year low.

The spokeswoman says Maine doesn’t have enough participants in the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment program to ensure federal reimbursement for ten employees.

Participation in the program was 47 percent below what was required in February and in April, it was 23 percent lower.