The state paid a total $315 million in April, more than three times the previous monthly record of almost $103 million in May 2009.
To put into context, the previous record for new weekly unemployment filings was 695,000 in 1982.
Mainers have filed more than 156,000 jobless claims since March 15.
Another week, another staggering number of people filing for unemployment benefits in the United States.
The Labor Department said it would release a detailed breakdown in the coming weeks. Jobless claims for the week ending April 18 totaled 11,561, 7,420 for the week ending April 25 and a revised total of 26,600 for the week ending May 2.
While more Americans than ever before are eligible for unemployment, including gig workers, some states are just beginning to scale up to accept those applications.
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Thursday's report comes as retailers and restaurants were allowed to reopen in 12 of Maine's counties this week.
After governments ordered businesses closed to stop the spread of the virus, which has killed more than 84,000 people in the United States, the overall unemployment rate is nearing Depression-era levels as well, jumping to 14.7 percent in April with 20.5 million job losses in that month alone. Community transmission has only been confirmed in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Penobscot and York counties.
The number of new unemployment claims in MA last week fell below 50,000 for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic shut down large swaths of the economy, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Employment and Training Administration.
Maine's unemployment rate stood at 3.2 percent in March, compared with 3.2 percent in February and 3.1 percent a year ago. A total of 36 million Americans have filed for unemployment assistance in the last eight weeks.
US gross domestic product shrank at a an annual rate of 4.8% in the first quarter, and numbers for the second quarter are expected to be even worse.