Maine Labor Department Receives $28 Million 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine’s Department of Labor is receiving$28 million from the federal government to be used for unemploymentbenefits and administering the state’s unemployment insuranceprogram. The U.S. Labor Department said Wednesday that Maine qualifiedfor the federal stimulus funding to help people entering the workforce, seeking part-time work or upgrading their skills to beeligible for benefits. Gov. John Baldacci said the Legislature made improvements in thestate’s unemployment insurance program that recognize the needs oftoday’s laid-off workers. The stimulus act made a total of $7billion available in unemployment modernization incentive paymentsto states.