For the week ending September 12, the Maine Department of Labor recorded about 1,400 initial claims filed for state unemployment insurance, and 1,000 initial claims filed for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) informed the Maine Department of Labor (MDOL) and Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) last night that it has approved Maine’s application for Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) funding, which will temporarily add $300 to the weekly unemployment benefits of eligible Mainers. This morning, MDOL signed the formal award memo from FEMA.
The program, part of a $2.2 trillion federal stimulus package, provides businesses with forgivable loans so they can continue to pay staff while closed. Some business owners say the program doesn’t allow for enough flexibility.