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Maine Unemployment Claims Down From Last Week

Maine followed the national trend of fewer first-time unemployment claims last week.

The state Labor Department says 1,927 people applied, down from more than 2,200 the week before.

The number of Mainers filing first-time claims for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance fell to 725, from just over 2,000 the week before.

The federal program pays benefits to freelancers and others who don’t qualify for state unemployment benefits.