Unemployed Mainers could get up to $1,500 to start a new job now through June 30. The Mills Administration says the new program aims to help unemployed residents get back to work.

According to Maine.gov:

The “Back to Work” program, administered by the Maine Department of Labor and the Department of Economic and Community Development, will provide employers a one-time $1,500 payment for eligible workers who start jobs between June 15 and June 30 or a $1,000 payment for eligible workers who start jobs in July to encourage unemployed Maine people to return to the workforce. The first-come, first-served program will utilize $10 million in Federal funding and could reach up to 7,500 Maine people.

To be eligible, people must:
1- Have received unemployment compensation for the week ending May 29, 2021.
2- Accept a full-time job that pays less than $25 per hour and remain in the job for a period of at least eight consecutive weeks.
3- Not receive unemployment compensation during the eight week period of employment.

More details at Maine.gov.

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