According to WGME, thanks to the federal Cares Act, Mainers who receive unemployment will also get another $600 a week along with their regular benefits.

This windfall is welcomed, and it is also retroactive to when the legislation took effect on March 27th and the person's date of unemployment, the news station stated. The weekly $600 bonus will continue through July 25th for those who are eligible.

There's nothing to fill out, no further steps are needed if you are already collecting unemployment.

Maine's Department of Labor is dealing with incredibly high demands and have started an alphabetical call in schedule:

For last names ending in:

A-H, call in on Mondays

I-Q, call in on Tuesdays

R-Z. call in on Wednesday

Thursday and Friday are open for those who missed their call in day or for whom it's more convenient.

The Department of Labor has also expanded their hours; you can now reach them at 1-800-593-7660 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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