Jobless Mainers Lose Benefits

AUGUSTA - Mainers on long-term unemployment are no longer receiving benefits after this past weekend.

3,500 people across the state were dropped, after Congress failed to fund an extension in its recent federal budget.

The program covered up to 99 weeks of unemployment. That's an extension to the 26 weeks under Maine state law, but those federal jobless benefits ended Saturday night.

Those in need of employment are encouraged to visit one of the several career centers statewide, and to register for the Maine Job Bank by clicking here.

Congress will likely vote on a temporary unemployment extension in January.

Erin Thomas

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Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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