Martin streamer Tucker Martin was on vacation in Maine on the day he received his unemployment check, and when he checked his bank account on Wednesday, he was surprised to see that it had only a couple hundred dollars left.
Martin, who lives in Washington, D.C., has been streaming his live streams to millions of viewers since 2016, and in his first two years, the New England native received nearly $200,000 in paychecks.
But it’s a little hard to understand how Martin could be getting such meager paychecks in his own state, which has the fourth-highest unemployment rate in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Martin has more than 1.6 million followers on Facebook, according a count by Forbes, and more than 6,000 Twitter followers, according the account of his company, My Martin Stream.
Forbes’ count, based on its calculations, gives Martin $8,000 per month in income from Facebook, $9,000 for Twitter, $5,000 from Instagram and $1,000 each from Patreon, Indiegogo and Patreon Payments.
Martin is now on vacation, so he won’t be able to get a full-time job this week.
Instead, Martin has a contract with My Martin and plans to start streaming again in the next few weeks, according an Instagram post he shared Thursday.
“My stream is not yet live, but I plan to resume shortly,” Martin wrote.
“As of right now, I am a full time jobless streamer.
Hopefully my streaming skills will get me some more work.”
He has been known to stream live, as well as on YouTube, where he has over 1 million subscribers.
Martin’s job has not been a secret.
Martin, who started his YouTube channel in 2016, has been featured in the 2016 Emmy Awards, where his performance earned him a nomination for Best Comedy Streamer.
Martin told HuffPost Live that he was shocked to receive a paycheck from the state of Maine.
“It’s hard to believe when I’ve been doing this for two years and have received my unemployment check every month for two months, and have not gotten paid for two whole months,” Martin said.
“It’s not fair.
It’s just not right.”
The unemployment rate among the state’s working-age population has been about 14.5 percent for the past six months, according data from the Department of Labor.
The unemployment rate for all other age groups is currently at 5.4 percent.
The Maine unemployment rate is 8.3 percent.
Maine has also had a spike in youth unemployment, as the state experienced a 12.7 percent increase in youth youth unemployment from July 2016 to July 2017.
Martin said he would be looking to start a new stream of content this week, which he said will be “more about the people I want to be talking to in Maine.”
He added: “I’m also looking to try and do more live video, so I could do that on a more regular basis.
That could be something that would be more of a social outlet.”
The Huffington Post reached out to My Martin, MyMartin Stream and other companies and states for comment.