Maine program that helps 10,000 unemployed receives $1.5 million boost

Posted June 25, 2014, at 3:46 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A program that provides job-search assistance to about 10,000 Mainers per year has gotten an extra $1.5 million in federal funds as part of a national $68 million allocation.

The Maine Department of Labor will receive the additional funds for its Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment program, according to a statement from U.S. Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins.

Julie Rabinowitz, spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Labor, said the program includes three sessions that certain recipients of unemployment benefits can attend to help them comply with work search requirements and find a job.

A 2012 report by the U.S. Department of Labor found that the program helped long-term recipients of jobless benefits avoid exhausting the 26 weeks of unemployment benefits available and also shortened the duration that new recipients received benefits.

The program is operated out of Maine CareerCenters around the state.

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