Department of Labor, Maine

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The Department of Labor is an agency in Maine.

The purpose of the Maine Department of Labor (MDOL) is to serve the state's workers and businesses by assisting those who have lost jobs, protecting workers on the job, and providing employment data to support job growth. The department provides services that help employers and employees prepare for and find jobs.

Divisions within the MDOL include:[1]

  • Bureau of Employment Services
  • Bureau of Labor Standards
  • Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
  • Bureau of Unemployment Compensation
  • Center for Workforce Research and Information
  • Maine Labor Relations Boardhttp://sunshinereview.org/index.php?title=Department_of_Labor,_Maine&action=submit
  • Maine Jobs Council

Budget

Budget information is not posted on the MDOL website but can be accessed through the State of Maine official website. The 2012-2013 general fund budget request for the department totals $21,105,532, and 0.90% increase from the 2010-2011 budget of $20,917,677.[2]

General Fund Program Summary 2012-2013 Biennial Budget [3]

Program Summary - GENERAL FUND Actual 2009-2010 Current 2010-2011 Budgeted 2011-2012 Budgeted 2012-2013
Administration incl. Commissioner's Office 211,584 181,028 195,791 196,924
Administration - Bureau of Labor Standards 133,807 129,005 135,207 137,602
Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired 2,819,018 2,785,038 2,889,654 2,910,291
Employment Security Services* 32,033,372 34,336,118 33,616,374 34,192,115
Employment Services Activity 1,100,061 1,082,949 1,086,765 1,109,812
Governor's Training Initiative Program 408,857 500,815 954,602 957,508
Labor Relations Board 460,285 454,124 495,502 507,784
Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community 880,342 880,342 880,342 880,342
Migrant and Immigrant Services* 322,137 331,953 328,563 340,785
Regulation and Enforcement 647,797 634,300 701,077 723,331
Rehabilitation Services 3,718,115 3,997,330 4,101,117 4,158,131
Safety Education and Training Programs 3,170,471 3,228,621 3,147,229 3,241,910
  • Federal Expenditures Fund

The department was also awarded the following in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds:[4]

Award Name Award Amount Expenditure Amount
Workforce Investment Act $10,673,865.00 $7,886,807.00
Workforce Investment Act- National Emergency Grants (Wausau Paper) $254,516.00 $191,121.00
Workforce Investment Act- National Emergency Grants (Wood Structures) $627,961.00 $385,774.00
Workforce Investment Act- National Emergency Grants (True Textiles) $462,096.00 $331,486.00
Workforce Investment Act- National Emergency Grants (Formed Fiber Tech) $316,458.00 $143,940.00
NEG- New Page Paper Mill $323,565.00 $52,434.00
Workforce Investment Act-National Emergency Grants (RR Donnelley) $851,120.00 $492,177.00
Workforce Investment Act-National Emergency Grants (Standard Insurance) $430,417.00 $286,770.00
Workforce Investment Act- National Emergency Grants (West Point Home) $553,237.00 $291,927.00
Workforce Investment Act-National Emergency Grants (G.E. Security) $372,839.00 $60,221.00
Workforce Investment Act-National Emergency Grants (Hinckley Co) $394,617.00 $132,480.00
Workforce Investment Act - National Emergency Grants (HCTC) $880,000.00 $219,110.00
Recovery Act- Reemployment Services- State $2,132,910.00 $1,650,848.00
Recovery Act - Healthcare Sector and Other High Growth and Emerging Industries $4,892,213.00 $160,327.00
Vocational Rehabilitation Services to States, Recovery Act $2,109,022.00 $1,080,321.00
Vocational Rehabilitation Services to States, Recovery Act $478,735.00 $282,742.00
State Independent Living Services, Recovery Act $242,913.00 $137,626.00
Independent Living- Older, Blind, Recovery Act $119,998.00 $49,771.00

Programs

Services provided by the MDOL include:[1]

  • Employment and Training Services for Workers and Businesses
  • Workforce Information and Analysis
  • Labor Law Enforcement
  • Rehabilitation/Disability Services
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Labor Relations
  • Workforce Policy

Through the MDOL, job seekers can find job fairs, receive resume and interview guidance, search for jobs using the department's online job bank, and get employment and training services at no charge at Maine's CareerCenters, including one-on-one job search assistance, workshops, or networking opportunities. Unemployed workers can obtain information about unemployment benefits, file for unemployment insurance claims, and get information regarding healthcare resources such as MaineCare, a health coverage program for people with low incomes, and legal assistance.[5][6]

Regular Unemployment Compensation Program Indicators

Key Data April 2011 March 2011 April 2010
Average Duration 16.5 17.8
Average Weekly Benefit Amount* $271.53 $269.72 $272.93
Exhaustees 2,379 2,201 2,406
  • For totally unemployed claimants, excluding dependency allowances.

Employer services include unemployment tax information, Maine Unemployment Laws information, employment registration, safety information and consultations, teen worker information, and labor law information. Through the MDOL job bank, employers can post jobs and search for employees. [7]

The Maine CareerCenter offers priority services for veterans and eligible spouses, including receipt of employment, training and placement services, provided under most MDOL-funded programs.[8]

The Department also offers services for the disabled, through three divisions: Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired; and the Division for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Late Deafened[9] The divisions offer vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs.

Financials and enrollment figures are not readily available for these different programs.

Transparency

General contact information for the offices within the MDOL is provided, bu executive staff and administrators are not listed and individual contact information is not provided.[10]

Public records request information is not posted.

Annual reports, audits, and department contracts do not seem to be available.

Department news releases provide information regarding opportunities for public comment, public meetings, and changes to the state's unemployment rate.[11]

There is a way to report unemployment benefits fraud.[12]

Unemployment

The Maine Department of Labor reported on May 20,2011 that the state's unemployment rate for April was 7.6 percent, which is the same as the previous month and an 8.2 percent decrease from April 2010. The number of unemployed is 52,900, which is 4,100 less than the number of unemployed a year ago.[13]

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