AUGUSTA — The Mills administration on Monday unveiled a new program aimed at getting unemployed Mainers back into the workforce.
The Back to Work program will provide employers a one-time payment of $1,500 for eligible workers who start jobs between June 15 and June 30.
It would also provide a $1,000 payment for eligible workers who start jobs in July.
The program is administered by the Maine Department of Labor and the Department of Economic and Community Development.
Administration officials said the first-come, first-served program will use $10 million in federal funding and could reach up to 7,500 Maine people.
The program begins Tuesday. Applications will be accepted through July 25.
Later this week, the state labor department will launch an online portal on its website where businesses can confirm employees qualify and register their start dates.