The Maine Department of Labor is ramping up for a rush of post-holiday, seasonal layoffs.
Officials are reminding laid-off workers that the best and quickest way to apply for unemployment is to file online at the Labor Department website at www.file4ui.com.
The year 2011 ended with significantly fewer unemployment claims than a year ago. Still, the department says a rush of claims is expected.
Although laid-off workers can phone in their unemployment claims, call volumes tend to be very high this time of year and wait times to get through to a claims representative can be long.