Maine Unemployment Eligibility

In order to establish unemployment eligibility in Maine you have to:

1. Be a resident of Maine. If you are not a resident of Maine, but worked in Maine at your last job, you should still have Maine unemployment eligibility.
2. Have worked and earned income in Maine.
3. You must not be disabled.
4. You must be able to work.
5. You must be actively looking for a new job.
6. You must have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you quit your job or were fired for 'just cause' you may not be eligible to collect unemployment in Maine. Every case is different, so if you lost your job -- be sure to apply to unemployment in case you are indeed eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

There are special rules that apply to unemployment elibility for military personnel and union workers, so check with your mility or union representative for these rules.

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To go the main Maine Unemployment page, click here: Maine Unemployment

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# brian 2011-05-17 13:08
i wish to quit my job because of unhealthy work enviorment.. i am currently working for a man who often harrasses me and is an unfit employer. i left my previous job to move from southern maine to northern maine for a lower wage than i was making. i was making 17 dollars and hour and now to 10 dollars an hour and i was promised more money but now ive been told i will not get any raises. im emotionaly and physicly depressed and i need to quit my job but in the mean time i cant find another job what can i do as far as unemployment?
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# janice 2012-01-30 14:32
my job is going to end the end of april due to funding.if i take a leave of absent before this and the funding dosen't come threw will i still get unemployment.
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# Bill 2012-08-13 01:14
Because I worked at U of Maine I was required to participate in a phone interview which took 5 weeks to schedule. They called and cleared me for eligibility but now want an "eligibility review interview" at their office. For each week I have claimed I have told them I am able, available, and seeking work. It has now been six weeks I have not received any benefits. How long can they continue to deny benefits.
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# Alex 2012-09-29 18:24
I have been working at my job for three months. About a month ago I was hospitalized which resulted in a change of my availability. I have kept in contact with my boss. Assurance of my position was given, along with some unwanted comments. If I leave, will I qualify for anything?
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# Bruce 2013-02-21 12:19
I have been at my job for 30 days,,it is not working,,my boss is always calling me on my days off to yell at me for something and when i go back into work he yells all over again. my question is if i quit my job can i get my unemployment benefits back???
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# Rock 2013-08-14 10:24
I recently left my current job whihc was a desk job to take a job at a Walmart Distro center as a order filler. I have been here for 2 weeks and the job is extremely hard on me. I had some major medical issues in relation to hernias and mesh infection about a year ago and this new job is affecting my stomache and causeing pain and I can not do it. If I leave this job will I qualify for unemployment or not?
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# Sandy 2013-09-02 20:00
I am from another country, but am legal here in the states.. My question is..I just started working construction in July and the job will be completed for now in November. WE will be called back in the Spring because it is a Union job.

I am wondering if I will qualify for Unemployment benefits even though I have only worked a few months.
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