The state owes hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid benefits.
The number of individuals filing new unemployment claims for the week.
Mainers have filed more than 156,000 jobless claims since March 15. The PUA program is for gig workers, the self-employed and others who typically do not qualify for unemployment benefits.
White House economic advisor Kevin Hassett said the latest data indicated the recent flood of claims was ebbing.
Total jobless claims over the past four weeks have totaled 66,581.
Colorado is paying out the same amount of unemployment benefits on a monthly basis during the COVID-19 outbreak that it typically does in a year, but initial unemployment claims dropped again last week in Colorado as most of the state moved to the safer at home phase. The state cites fewer layoffs in the health care and social assistance, manufacturing, and retail trade industries. And the governor's decision Thursday to allow many countries to reopen may make room for more jobs to return.
Another 200,000 New Yorkers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance last week, according to numbers released this morning by the U.S. Department of Labor. The decision to ease coronavirus restrictions in more rural counties without evidence of "community transmission" marked a dramatic shift as the Mills administration faces growing criticism from business leaders and Mainers over the toll from the economic toll from measures meant to halt the virus' spread. In February, before the coronavirus shutdowns took hold, unemployment was at a almost 50-year low of 3.5%. Weekly unemployment filings still remain in the millions even as the number of Americans filing has been slowly decreasing.
Michael Lucci, president and publisher of 50economy.org, last week placed the real-time unemployment rate in the U.S.at 23.8 percent through April 25.