September 24, 2017
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Mainers to qualify for extended benefits

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — Thousands of Mainers will qualify for extended unemployment benefits because of the state’s high unemployment rate.

The Maine Labor Department says the rising unemployment rate, which rose to 7 percent in December, has triggered a 13-week extension of federal benefits.

The move extends emergency benefits to 33 weeks, on top of 26 weeks of regular benefits.

As a result, an estimated 2,477 Mainers who have exhausted their first round of emergency benefits will qualify for extended benefits.

Maine qualified for more emergency benefits because it had a three-month average unemployment rate of at least 6 percent.

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