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For information regarding the unemployment benefit program you are on, please refer to the Unemployment Benefit Extensions Fact Sheet (Hoja de Hechos: La Ley de Asistencia Continua para Trabajadores Desempleados). The department will provide further information to claimants on our website and through all communication channels as soon as it is available.

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Standard Unemployment Insurance (STUI)


Standard Unemployment Insurance (STUI) is the regular state unemployment program, which provides temporary financial assistance to qualified individuals who meet state eligibility requirements. These benefits are financed through employer payroll taxes; they are not deducted from employee paychecks.

You may qualify to receive:

Wondering how you might move between different benefit programs? Follow along the steps of benefits with the PEUC Program Progression. (Progresión del Programa de Compensación por Desempleo de Emergencia Pandémica)

Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) provides $100 in extra benefit to individuals with at least $5,000 in net income from self-employment in the tax year prior to their initial unemployment insurance claim.

Note: Under the American Rescue Plan Act, the deadline for MEUC applications has been extended to the first week of September.

You must meet the following to be eligible for MEUC:
    • Must be an eligible recipient of an unemployment benefit program other than Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) during the weeks covered by the MEUC program, which are December 27, 2020 through March 13, 2021.
    • Have at least $5,000 in net self-employment income in the tax year prior to the individual’s initial unemployment claim.
    • Must apply for the MEUC program and submit documentation that clearly shows $5,000 net self-income.
Acceptable Documentation
Individuals must apply for MEUC and supply necessary documentation to prove their net self-employment earnings.
For example:
    • If the initial claim was established in 2020, use tax year 2019
    • If the initial claim was established in 2021, use tax year 2020
If tax documents are not available (e.g. because taxes have not been filed yet), acceptable documentation of self-employment income includes, but is not limited to:
    • 1099 forms
    • Bank receipts
    • Business ledgers
    • Invoices
    • Business records
    • Contracts
    • Billing statements

Note: Tax deductible expense total will need to be provided to calculate net income.

More information on acceptable documentation can be found in the MEUC Acceptable Documentation PDF.

Next Steps After Applying

After you file your initial claim for benefits, the department will review your claim to determine your eligibility.

  • Certify every week
    Including the week after you file your initial claim. Certify online if you can, or over the phone.
  • Respond to requests for information
    We may request additional information from you and/or your employer. Please respond to any requests from the department as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary delays.
  • Check your claim online regularly
    You can find information about pending issues, determinations, payment history, and more. Be sure to check for important messages under “Other Messages” on your homepage and in “My Inbox” and “View Correspondence” in the menu options.
  • Adjudication
    Your claim may require adjudication. Issues are adjudicated in the order they are received. The department adjudication unit will collect all necessary information about your claim and a determination will be made as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims are processed by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS), and there are two ways to file an unemployment claim:

  • ONLINE
    You can file your new (initial) UI claim online at www.jobs.state.nm.us.
    Get connected to online services today! ¡Conéctese a los servicios en línea hoy! - PDF

  • 1-877-664-6984 TOLL-FREE TELEPHONE
    You can also file over the phone by calling 1-877-NM-4-MYUI(1-877-664-6984). After following the automated prompts, your call will be transferred to a Customer Service Agent (CSA) who will complete your claim. Regular hours for the UI Operations Center are Monday–Friday, 7:00am-5:00pm. Please be aware that we are continuing to receive a large volume of incoming calls. If you have difficulty getting through to speak to an agent, we advise you to continue calling, as spots will open in the hold queue and the callback queue as other calls are completed.

Whether you file online or by phone, you will need the following information to file a new claim:

    • Social Security Number (SSN)
    • Mailing address and phone number(s) of employer(s) you worked for in last 18 months
    • The starting and ending dates of your last job (or jobs if more than one employer in last 18 months)
    • If you are a non-citizen, have your alien registration number and expiration date
    • If you worked during the week you are filing your claim, be sure you know the gross amount (total dollars and cents before any deductions) of your pay before filing
    • Pencil and paper to write down questions and instructions

Yes, work search requirements for Unemployment Insurance (UI) in New Mexico, which had been waived due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be put back in place for all New Mexicans receiving unemployment benefits starting the week of May 9-15, 2021 and moving forward. After you have applied for benefits, you must file a weekly certification for each week for which you are applying for benefits. Weekly certifications may be filed online or by phone.

If you need to file a new claim for benefits, you may do so Sunday-Friday, 24 hours a day, online at www.jobs.state.nm.us, or over the phone at 1-877-664-6984 Monday-Friday, 7:00am-5:00pm.

If you have been directed to self-quarantine or are taking care of an immediate household member that is quarantined due to COVID-19, and you have a return to work date, the separation reason you would select on your claim is “Leave of Absence.” If you answer that it is a paid leave of absence, you will be found ineligible for benefits because you are still receiving payment from your employer. If you answer that you are not receiving payment you will potentially be eligible to receive benefits.

If you do not have a return to work date, please select "Discharged/Lack of Work due to COVID-19".

Certain questions within the questionnaire are dependent on the first answer you provide. If you say “yes” that your employer posted the information in the workplace about your right to file a claim, you should skip the next question. You would only complete the next question if you answered “no” to the question “Did you know you could file for benefits?” Read each question and instructions carefully when filling out questionnaires.

If you need to complete your weekly certification, you may do so any day of the week, 24 hours a day, online at www.jobs.state.nm.us, or over the phone at 1-877-664-6984 Monday-Friday, 7:00am-5:00pm

Yes, work search requirements for Unemployment Insurance (UI) in New Mexico, which had been waived due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be put back in place for all New Mexicans receiving unemployment benefits starting the week of May 9-15, 2021 and moving forward. After you have applied for benefits, you must file a weekly certification for each week for which you are applying for benefits. Weekly certifications may be filed online or by phone.

Work search requirements for Unemployment Insurance (UI) in New Mexico, which had been waived due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be put back in place for all New Mexicans receiving unemployment benefits starting the week of May 9-15, 2021 and moving forward.

It is a federal requirement that you must be able and available to accept suitable work in order to qualify for unemployment benefits. You will be asked in your weekly certification if you were able and available to work at least 20 hours for the week you are certifying for. For more information please view the Able, Available, and Actively Seeking Fact Sheet .

When completing your weekly certification you do not need to report monies from the IRS Economic Impact Payment or from the NMDWS Self-Employed Stimulus Payment, as neither are considered reportable as income.

You can check what pending issue you have by logging into your unemployment insurance account, selecting the menu option “View and Maintain Account Information” and then select “Issues and Determinations”. Scroll down towards the bottom of your screen and you can see what is pending. Please be advised that the department adjudicates issues in the order they are received.

UPDATE: Under guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor, NMDWS will waive the “waiting week” for claimants who have applied for benefits since March 15th. By waiving the waiting week, claimants will receive an extra week of benefit payments to their accounts while allowing for new applicants to receive their benefits faster.

You may be eligible if the situations described below apply to you:

    • Employers may lay off some or all of their workforce as a result of the impact of COVID-19; for example, a restaurant that sees a significant reduction in business due to lack of customers dining out during this time, or an event facility that cancels all events until a later date, or bus drivers who are out of work due to temporary school closures.
    • Workers who are self-quarantined or directed to be quarantined, or who have immediate family who is quarantined.
    • Workers who have their hours reduced as a result of COVID-19.

Leaving employment because of lack of child care is generally not considered good cause to resign sufficient to qualify an individual for unemployment benefits. If childcare arrangements are impacted, an employee must take reasonable steps to preserve their employment, such as requesting an alternate schedule or a leave of absence. If a leave of absence or a reduction in hours is requested by a claimant when full-time work is available, the department must determine if a claimant is able and available for work to be eligible for UI benefits. For more information on the requirement to be able and available, see the Able, Available, and Actively Seeking Work FAQs below.

Regardless if you were full-time or part-time and have your hours reduced you will be eligible for unemployment benefits as long as your earnings are under your weekly benefit amount. Please remember that all earnings must be reported on your weekly certifications at the time the wages were earned, not when they are paid.

Under New Mexico law quitting because of a medical concern is not considered good cause. The department encourages you to work with your employer to discuss options to limit your exposure.

If you have been asked to self-quarantine, are admitted into the hospital, or are caring for a household member who is quarantined as a result of COVID-19 you may apply for unemployment benefits.

Yes, if you are unable to work as a result of the schools being closed due to COVID-19 you may apply for unemployment insurance benefits.

Yes, you can file for unemployment insurance benefits if you have been separated as a direct result of COVID-19.

Drivers for Lyft and Uber are self-employed and may therefore apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. Please refer to the  “Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)” FAQs on this page for more information.

The department does not deny anyone the right to file a claim for unemployment benefits. Asking someone to work without providing any payment is a violation of the law and you should submit a wage claim to the New Mexico Wage and Hour Bureau to receive payment for hours worked.

AmeriCorps members who were unable to complete their term of service due to COVID19 may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. For eligibility guidance, visit https://nationalservice.gov/documents/2020/cncs-general-questions. For more information about PUA and how to apply, review the FAQs on this page.

If your account is on hold or has a pending issue, continue to complete your weekly certifications and look for any correspondence that may be sent to your “View Correspondence” or “My Inbox” on your online account. If you are approved for benefits, you will receive a lump sum payment for all weeks you were eligible and certified for.

It is a federal requirement and claimants must be able, available, and actively looking for work to receive unemployment insurance benefits. Unless exempted by the department, you are required to make a minimum of two different work search contacts every week to qualify for benefits.

You must be physically and mentally able to work and accept full-time or part-time work of at least 20 hours per week. If you are ill, injured, on a leave of absence, or unable to work for any other reason, you may not be considered able and may not be eligible for benefits for that period of time.

Examples of reasons you may not be able to accept work include, but are not limited to:

  • Out of country travel
  • Illness
  • Injury
  • Hospitalization
  • Incarceration
  • School attendance
  • Loss of childcare
  • Loss of transportation

You may be required to provide evidence of your ability to work, such as a doctor's note.

You must be available for work in order to receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. You will be considered available for work, if your unemployment is related to COVID-19, so long as you are taking all necessary steps to return to work for your regular employer and/or have not withdrawn from the labor market. Your eligibility is not impaired when you are physically unable to work, or engaged in activities which would prevent you from working, provided the time period is not more than two full calendar days AND the inability or activities do not reduce or risk your chances for employment.

The following are not valid reasons to refuse an offer of suitable work, including but not limited to:

  • Placing unreasonable restrictions on the hours you will work, for example:
    • Applying for a full-time job and then telling the employer you cannot work full-time or part-time of at least 20 hours per week
    • Applying for a job with evening hours and then telling the employer you can only work mornings
  • The wage you will accept, for example:
    • Applying for a job that pays $12-$15 per hour and then telling the employer that you won’t work for less than $25 per hour
  • The distance you will travel to work, for example:
    • Applying for a job that is 40 miles away from your home and then telling the employer that it is too far for you to commute

If your employer is holding your job while you are on a Leave of Absence or on approved family leave under the Medical Leave Act of 1993, you will not be considered available for work.

You must be actively looking for full-time or part-time work of at least 20 hours per week. You are required to make a minimum of two different work search contacts every week to qualify for benefits. If you complete two different work searches each week you certify, you will be considered to be actively looking for work. If you attend and complete one of the workshops offered by either the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions or a New Mexico Workforce Connection Center, you can count this as one of your two work searches for the week. You can also complete two searches for the week with the same employer if you apply for two different positions.

Examples of reasons you may not be actively seeking work include, but are not limited to:

  • Out of country travel
  • Illness
  • Injury
  • Hospitalization
  • Incarceration
  • School attendance
  • Loss of childcare
  • Loss of transportation

Any reason that stops you from actively looking for work must be reported.

Waiver of Work Search
If the department waives your work search for any reason, you will not be required to complete two work searches for the week and will not be asked if you are actively seeking work on your weekly certification. Work search requirements for Unemployment Insurance (UI) in New Mexico, which had been waived due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be put back in place for all New Mexicans receiving unemployment benefits starting the week of May 9-15, 2021 and moving forward.

Jury Duty
You will be considered able/available/actively seeking work when you are serving as a juror. Payment received for this service is not considered wages and does not need to be reported on your weekly certification. You are required to provide the summons in order to document that you are able/available.

When you complete your weekly certification, answer YES when asked if you are able and available IF:

  • You were physically able to do your work before you lost your job (and you lost your job/hours due to your own COVID-19 illness, your need to care for a family/household member with COVID-19, or your employment situation changed because of the COVID-19 public health emergency); OR
  • You are out of work temporarily due to an employer-closure related to COVID-19 and expect to return to your job; OR
  • You are able and available to work at least 20 hours per week - this includes any type of work for which you are qualified, including virtual (telework) and/or a job with flexible hours; OR
  • You are able and available for work if you are still currently working reduced hours.

Note: CARES Act programs have been extended under the American Rescue Plan Act.

For more information on the Continued Assistance Act, please refer to the Continued Assistance Act (CAA) Update.

Yes, if you had a remaining balance under PEUC you will be automatically switched back to PEUC to continue certifying under that program. Follow along each step of benefits with the PEUC Program Progression.

If you certified for the week ending date 1/2/2021 and received a payment of at least $1, the department will retroactively pay the $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefit and each eligible week moving forward until the FPUC program ends on March 13.

To receive FPUC benefits, claimants must be eligible to receive benefits under regular state Unemployment Insurance, PUA, PEUC, or FDEB1. The $300 will be in addition to a claimant’s weekly benefit amount.

Every three months the federal government requires Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claimants to complete a quarter change questionnaire to review eligibility for regular unemployment benefits. This may be completed now by selecting the "Apply for Unemployment Benefits" from the menu bar on your claimant homepage and completing the quarter end process. Depending on your responses to the quarter change employment questionnaire, you may be prompted to complete a full application to determine if you are eligible for regular unemployment benefits. Please complete all questions that are presented to you. If your claim is inactive you will have to reopen your claim.

Weekly certifications for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs under the Continued Assistance Act (CAA) will begin on February 7, 2021. On that date, the link to file an initial claim, reopen your claim, or file your weekly certification will appear on your Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimant homepage. For more information, please refer to the Continued Assistance Act (CAA) Update.

Weekly certifications for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs under the Continued Assistance Act (CAA) will begin on February 7, 2021. On that date, the link to file an initial claim, reopen your claim, or file your weekly certification will appear on your Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimant homepage. For more information, please refer to the Continued Assistance Act (CAA) Update.

Yes, if a claimant is eligible for benefits they may request a backdate to the week of December 27, 2020. Each eligible certification week starting with the week of December 27 will also include the additional $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payment.

On February 7, if your benefit year has expired, you will see "Apply for Benefits" on your homepage. If found ineligible for a new standard claim, you will go back to your previous PEUC claim to certify with the 11-week extension under CAA. If found eligible for a new claim, you will stay on the new standard claim and continue with weekly certifications. If your benefit year has not expired, you will see a "Reopen" link on February 7.

Under the Continued Assistance Act guidelines provided by U.S. Department of Labor, if a claimant has started state-federal extended benefits (FDEB1) they must exhaust those benefits first before they are eligible to return to extended benefits under Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC).

The US Department of Labor requires that if a claimant has started Federal-State Extended Benefits (FDEB1) they must exhaust the 13 weeks of FDEB1 before they can apply for the additional 11-week PEUC extension under the Continued Assistance Act.

Yes. A new application for benefits is required once the benefit year ends, which is every 52 weeks. Claimants on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) do not end their benefit year until the program ends. PUA claimants will only need to file their initial PUA claim once and then complete a quarterly application to check for eligibility for a standard unemployment claim. Benefit year end dates were moved to April 10, 2021 for PUA claimants.

PEUC under the CARES Act provides up to 13 weeks of benefits. If you were approved to receive benefits, you will be able to continue certifying until you reach the end of the 13 weeks and then continue on to the additional 11 weeks of PEUC under the Continued Assistance Act.

If you exhausted your PEUC benefits under the CARES Act and also exhausted your FDEB1 benefits, you will be able to apply for the PEUC extension under the Continued Assistance Act that provides up to 11 weeks of additional benefits.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) under the CARES Act was available for 39 weeks and is not determined by balance. If you exhausted all 39 weeks but still have a balance, your claim will be exhausted. If you did not exhaust your weeks prior to December 27, 2020, you can reopen your claim to continue certifying for remaining weeks. If you have exhausted your PUA benefits and your claim is inactive, you will receive a “Reopen Claim” link on your claimant homepage. You may qualify to receive up to 11 additional weeks of benefits under the Continued Assistance Act.

If you have exhausted your PUA benefits and your claim is inactive, you will receive a “Reopen Claim” link on your claimant homepage.

On February 7, click on the “Reopen Claim” link and answer all questions presented to you. You will be asked if you would like to backdate your claim, and you may request a backdate to December 27, 2020.

Weekly certifications for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs under the Continued Assistance Act (CAA) will begin on February 7, 2021. On that date, the link to file an initial claim, reopen your claim, or file your weekly certification will appear on your Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimant homepage. For more information, please refer to the Continued Assistance Act (CAA) Update.

The Continued Assistance Act extended the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program to provide up to an additional 11 weeks of benefits, to a maximum of 50 weeks. PUA will be available until the week ending March 13, 2021 (no new applications will be accepted after that date), with allowance for three additional weeks of benefits for those who have not reached the maximum number of weeks through the week end April 3, 2021.

You can look up your benefit program type when you log into your claimant homepage. Look under Basic Information and there you will see a line for “Program Type.”

CARES Act programs are controlled by Congress, not the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. If Congress extends the unemployment benefit programs or authorizes new unemployment programs, we will update our website and our FAQs.

If your claim is not approved until after December 26, you may still receive backpay for weeks for which you are qualified. You should continue filing weekly certifications.

Under the Continued Assistance Act (CAA), PUA will be available until the week ending March 13, 2021 (no new applications will be accepted after that
date), with allowance for three additional weeks of benefits for those who have not reached the maximum number of weeks through the week ending April 3, 2021.

No. Updates regarding benefit extensions will be provided on this webpage and on official department social media accounts as soon as they become available.

Yes. We are here to assist with your work search. The New Mexico Workforce Connection Online System www.jobs.state.nm.us has thousands of jobs with employers looking to hire now. You may also call your local New Mexico Workforce Connection Center for further assistance. We can assist with:

  • Resumes that highlight your skills and work experience;
  • Training resources to help upgrade your skills;
  • Job interview tips including how to present yourself as a strong, confident candidate;
  • Answering difficult questions about your work history; and
  • Overcoming barriers you think may be preventing you from getting hired.

All of these services and more – such as virtual job fairs and online workshops – are available to the public at no cost.

There are several websites that offer additional resources, including the State of New Mexico website (www.newmexico.gov) and sharenm.org, that list agencies offering help with food, shelter, medical, dental, and mental health care, child care and more.

 

Note: CARES Act programs have been extended under the American Rescue Plan Act.

For more information on the Continued Assistance Act, please refer to the Continued Assistance Act (CAA) Update.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a temporary federal program under the CARES Act and extended under the Continued Assistance Act (CAA) that provides benefits to individuals who are not otherwise eligible for Unemployment Insurance.

  • You must be either unemployed or have hours reduced to fewer than 32 hours/week and must be earning less than the weekly amount of unemployment you receive.
  • You must not be eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance benefits. For example, those who are self-employed/business owners, independent contractors, 1099 and other gig-economy workers, and sole proprietors who do not pay unemployment premiums on their own income are generally not eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits.
  • You are able to work and available to accept work except that the COVID-19 pandemic is preventing you from doing that.
  • You must provide an acceptable form of proof of earnings. Acceptable forms of proof include copies of income tax return forms such as a Form 1040. For a full list of acceptable forms, please refer to the FAQs.

Acceptable forms of proof of earnings include copies of 2019 income tax forms such as the following:

  • Self-employed: Forms 1040; and schedules C, F, or SE
  • Partnerships: Forms 1040, 1065, and schedule F, K-1
  • Corporations: Forms 1040, 1120, 1120A, and schedule E, SE
  • 1099 or W2
(Updated 05/28/2020)

Applying for PUA is a two-step process.

  1. First, apply for regular Unemployment Insurance benefits at www.jobs.state.nm.us to determine if your income is covered by the regular state Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. If determined ineligible for regular UI benefits, you will then be cleared to apply for PUA benefits.
  2. Once you are determined ineligible for regular benefits, you will be provided access to apply for PUA benefits through a link on your Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System homepage. 

The PUA benefit is based on your income from the 2019 tax year. You must provide proof of income via 1040 tax forms. The minimum weekly benefit amount is $169, while the maximum is $461.

  • Note that the weekly benefit amount does not include the $300 federal stimulus money called Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). For more information on FPUC, please review the FAQs on this page.

You may receive partial benefits if you are working fewer than 32 hours a week and earning less than the weekly benefit amount. You must report all hours worked and earnings, including tips, for the hours worked when you request payment of unemployment benefits.

If approved and after certifying (and if there are no other issues that require further review), you may be able to receive your first PUA payment within 3 business days through direct deposit or an existing Unemployment benefits debit card or within 11 business days if you request a new debit card.

Yes. Your PUA benefits can be backdated to the date that your employment was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yes. Claimants who are eligible to receive PUA benefits will also receive Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). Under the Continued Assistance Act (CAA), the FPUC program will pay eligible claimants up to 11 weeks of additional benefits until March 13, 2021. There is no action required on the part of the claimant other than to continue to file their weekly certifications.

AmeriCorps members who were unable to complete their term of service due to COVID19 may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. For eligibility guidance, visit https://nationalservice.gov/documents/2020/cncs-general-questions. For more information about PUA and how to apply, review the FAQs on this page.

You may also provide documents that show you were working and that your work was disrupted due to the pandemic. Additional proof of income documents include pay stubs, 1099/W-2, FEIN or state employer account number, business license.

Please complete your quarterly application. This can be done at anytime Sunday through Saturday. The online system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except during times of scheduled maintenance, at www.jobs.state.nm.us.

Under the rules provided by the federal government, a claimant must exhaust all standard benefits first if eligible. Then you will follow the program progression of PEUC and FDEB1.

Be sure to complete your quarterly application for benefits to determine if you are eligible for standard benefits. Check to see if you have a “Reopen Claim” link and answer all questions presented to you.

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) set up the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program beginning the week of April 26, 2020. This program may provide up to an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits to those that have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits. The Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) under the PEUC program is the same as the claimant received for regular unemployment. Claimants receiving PEUC benefits may also receive an additional $300 per week through Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) until until March 13, 2021.

There are two ways to apply for PEUC:

  • Online by logging in to your account at www.jobs.state.nm.us. Click on the “Unemployment Insurance Benefits” umbrella icon to access the Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System. On your claimant homepage, click on “Apply for Extended Benefits”.
  • By phone at 1-877-664-6984. The department continues to operate under extended hours for the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center, 7:00am-5:00pm

Under federal law, beginning with the week of June 28, 2020, New Mexico has also set up the Federal-State Extended Benefits (FDEB1) Program offering up to an additional 13 weeks of benefits to individuals who have exhausted both their regular unemployment benefits and 13 weeks of PEUC benefits. Upon exhaustion of regular unemployment and PEUC, NMDWS will issue written notification to all individuals who are eligible to apply for the new FDEB1 program. The Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) under the FDEB1 program is the same as the individual received for regular unemployment.

If you have exhausted your regular state Unemployment Insurance benefits and the 13 weeks of Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions will send you written notification informing you that you may be eligible for an additional 13 weeks of benefits under the Federal-State Extended Benefits (FDEB1) Program.

There are two ways to apply for FDEB1:

  • Online by logging in to your account at www.jobs.state.nm.us. Click on the “Unemployment Insurance Benefits” umbrella icon to access the Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System. On your claimant homepage, click on “Apply for Extended Benefits”.
  • By phone at 1-877-664-6984. The department continues to operate under extended hours for the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center, 7am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Once your regular unemployment insurance benefits have been exhausted, you may be eligible to apply for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). PEUC provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits.

Once you have exhausted PEUC benefits, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions will send you written notification informing you that you may be eligible for an additional 13 weeks of benefits under the Federal-State Extended Benefits (FDEB1) Program.

Work search requirements are waived until further notice.

It is a federal requirement and claimants must be able, available, and actively looking for work to receive unemployment insurance benefits. Unless exempted by the department, you are required to make a minimum of two different work search contacts every week to qualify for benefits. For more information, please review the Able, Available, and Actively Seeking Fact Sheet (Hoja de Hechos: Capaz, Disponible, y Actualmente Buscando Trabajo)

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides claimants with up to 39 weeks of benefits. Once a claimant has exhausted their PUA benefits, under federal law, they will not be permitted to apply for extended benefits.

Under the American Rescue Plan Act, the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program will provide an additional $300 weekly benefit to eligible claimants until the first week of September 2021.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) provides individuals who are collecting UI benefits an additional $300 per week. The FPUC additional benefit will be paid on eligible weeks of unemployment until the week ending March 13, 2021. To receive the FPUC payments, claimants must be eligible to receive benefits under standard Unemployment Insurance (STUI), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), or Federal-State Extended Benefits (FDEB1).

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefit will be paid on a weekly basis for up to 11 weeks until the week ending March 13, 2021. All claimants will receive these payments for weeks they are eligible for benefits under standard Unemployment Insurance (STUI), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), or Federal-State Extended Benefits (FDEB1).

No, if you are currently filing for benefits there is no additional action you need to take beyond filing your weekly certification.

No, there is no additional action you need to take beyond filing your weekly certification.

No, once the benefit becomes available you will receive it in the same way as you receive your traditional unemployment benefit via your preferred method of payment.

Eligible claimants began to see Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments the week of January 10, 2021.

No, funds you receive as a result of this stimulus package will not impact your income eligibility as it is not considered earned income.

The Continued Assistance Act (CAA) extended Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program originally created by the CARES Act. This additional benefit is for eligible individuals who are receiving unemployment insurance benefits. The program extension began the week of January 10, 2021, and will provide up to 11 weeks of benefits, until March 13, 2021. Eligible individuals will receive an additional $300.00 per week along with their regular weekly unemployment benefits. There is no action required on the part of the claimant other than to continue to file their weekly certifications.

Eligible individuals will receive an additional $300 per week along with their regular weekly unemployment benefits in one check.

No, those individuals with a current fraud overpayment will not be entitled to any Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).

 

Note: CARES Act programs have been extended under the American Rescue Plan Act.

For more information on the Continued Assistance Act, please refer to the Continued Assistance Act (CAA) Update.

  • You are eligible for PEUC if:
  • You have exhausted all rights to regular state or federal benefits and your Benefit Year End date is after July 1, 2019;
  • You are not currently eligible for state or federal unemployment benefits; and
  • You are able and available to work and actively seeking work, except in instances where COVID-19 has made it not possible, including illness, quarantine, or "stay at home" orders.
  • You have exhausted your benefits when:
  • You are not eligible for regular UI benefits because you have received the maximum amount of these benefits available to you based on your employment or wages during your base period; OR
  • Your benefit year ended on or after July 1, 2019.

If you currently have an open UI claim, there is nothing for you to do other than continue filing your weekly certification. You cannot apply for any UI programs in advance, so you must wait for the week after your benefits are exhausted to apply for PEUC.

If you have exhausted the maximum amount of regular UI benefits available to you and are unable to file a new claim until your current benefit year expires, you will be eligible for up to 13 weeks of additional benefits through the PEUC program. When you log in to your claim there will be an option on the left navigation that says “Apply for Federal Extension Benefits.”

If you remain totally or partially unemployed when your benefit year ends, you must file a new application for regular UI before your PEUC application can be considered.

Follow along the steps of PEUC benefits with the PEUC Program Progression.

Eligible individuals will receive the same amount of Unemployment Insurance benefits as the previous weeks they received. They will also receive Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), an additional $300 to their weekly benefits until March 13, 2021, up to 11 weeks.

Yes. Under the Continued Assistance Act (CAA), all individuals collecting any type of UI, including PEUC, will receive $300 per week from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, in addition to their weekly benefits as calculated. FPUC payments will end March 13, 2021.

In general, individuals collecting regular UI are eligible for 26 weeks of benefits. If you are still unemployed after 26 weeks, you may be eligible for up to 13 additional weeks of benefits through PEUC.

No. However, depending on when you last reported income, you may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which provides benefits to those individuals who do not have enough wages in their base year to file a regular UI claim. Please visit our PUA FAQs to find out more.

The PEUC program provides eligible individuals with up to 13 additional weeks of benefits when you have exhausted your regular UI. You may be eligible for at up to 39 total weeks of benefits.

Under the CARES Act, PEUC expired December 26, 2020. The Continued Assistance Act (CAA) will provide up to an additional 11 weeks of PEUC benefits. PEUC will be available until the week ending March 13, 2021 (no new applications accepted after that date), with allowance for three additional weeks of benefits for those who have not reached the maximum number of weeks through the week ending April 3, 2021.

To see what unemployment program you are on, log in to your claimant account online and go to “View and Maintain Account Information” and then “Payment History”. This page shows your payments and which unemployment program your benefits were under.

If you had benefits under standard Unemployment Insurance (STUI) and were approved to receive PEUC, continue to certify each week. You may complete your weekly certification anytime during the week between Sunday and Saturday.

Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) is a program under the Continued Assistance Act (CAA) of 2020, and extended under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, that provides an additional $100/week payment to individuals who are receiving regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), or Federal-State Extended Benefits (FDEB1), and earned at least $5,000 in net earnings from self-employment in the tax year prior to the individual’s initial claim.

MEUC does not apply to individuals who are receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

Claimants receiving regular Unemployment Insurance, PEUC, or FDEB1 benefits and earned at least $5,000 in net earnings from self-employment in the tax year prior to the individual’s initial claim may apply for Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC). MEUC will provide a $100 weekly supplement to eligible individuals with backpay up to the last week of December. Claimants receiving PUA are not eligible for MEUC.

Yes, the MEUC payment will be in addition to your weekly benefit amount and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).

To be eligible for MEUC, you must provide documentation to prove net self-employment earnings of at least $5,000 in the tax year prior to your initial standard Unemployment Insurance (STUI) claim.

  • If your initial STUI claim was established in 2020 submit documents for tax year 2019.
  • If your initial STUI claim was established in 2021 submit documents for tax year 2020.

Eligible individuals will receive the extra $100 MEUC payment for all weeks, December 27, 2020 through the first week of September 2021, in which they received standard Unemployment Benefits (STUI), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), or Federal-State Extended Benefits (FDEB1). However, the benefit will only be paid after the department reviews all supporting documents and makes a determination regarding eligibility for the program. Please be advised the review process may take several weeks after you submit your application and documents. Payments will be made retroactively.

Yes, after your application for MEUC has been reviewed you will receive a Notice of Determination Letter that will inform you if you are eligible for benefits.

The extra $100/week through MEUC may affect eligibility for Medicaid, CHIP, or SNAP.

Yes, MEUC is taxable and will be subject to 10% federal income tax withholding, if you elected to have taxes withheld from your weekly benefits. You may elect to change your tax withholding preference once per claim benefit year.

Yes, you must submit a MEUC application and necessary documentation in order for the department to determine if you meet the requirements to be eligible for MEUC. Claimants may apply by clicking on “Apply for Self-Employment MEUC” from the menu option on their claimant homepage. They may also apply over the phone with a Customer Service Agent by calling 1-877-664-6984, Monday through Friday, 7am– 5pm. The deadline for applications will be the first week of September 2021.

No, if eligible you will receive the MEUC benefit to your preferred payment method, direct deposit or debit card. Please be advised the review process may take several weeks after you submit your application and documents. Payments will be made retroactively.

Under the Continued Assistance Act, Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation is for claimants who can be considered “mixed earners” – they have earned enough income from a traditional employer to qualify for standard Unemployment Insurance and have also earned at least $5,000 in net self-employment income. Claimants receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits do not meet these requirements.

If you haven’t submitted your claim, the system will allow you to modify any information you have already entered on your claim. If you want to add another employer and have already submitted your claim, you must call the Operations Center at 1-877-664-6984, Monday through Friday, 7:00am – 5:00pm

If you want to add a dependent and have already submitted your claim, go to your Home Page, select “View and Maintain Account Information” from the left-side menu, in the drop-down menu, select “Dependent Information” option and then add the dependent(s) on the screen provided.

If you want to change from debit card to direct deposit (or vice versa), go to your Home Page, select “View and Maintain Account Information” from the left-side menu, from the drop-down menu select “Payment Method Options and Tax Information.” From the Payment Methods Options and Tax Information, select the “Edit” button and make your change.

First, you will need to make sure your internet browsers are closed. From the email you received, select the link to reset password. You must physically type in the temporary password (rather than copy and paste) from the email you received and then the system should allow you to change the password.

Yes, your old account is still available. If the error message is on the Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System, type in your Social Security Number (SSN) and then select “Forgot Password.” If the error message is on your “My Workforce Connection” account, select “Forgot Username/Password” and follow the prompts.

If you had an unemployment insurance claim prior to 2013 and have never logged into it online, enter your SSN and the last four digits of your SSN as your password. You will then be prompted to set up a password. Once your new password is set up, it will take you back to the login screen to enter in your SSN and new password.

If you have previously logged in but do not remember your password, please enter in your SSN and then select “forgot password”.

Claims are locked for a variety of reasons, but more often than not this occurs to protect claimants where there may be suspicious activity on a claim and the department takes action to prevent further activity that could be fraudulent. You will receive a letter with more information to unlock your claim. This letter should be used as a cover letter when submitting proof of identity documents to the department. We take fraud seriously and have dedicated staff who review each identity verification issue individually, as this process cannot be automated. We appreciate your patience as we work to verify identities as quickly as possible.

In order for benefit entitlement to be determined, you must provide a photocopy of at least one of the following documents:

  1. Social Security Number
  2. A past year's W2 form
  3. Check stubs

You must also provide a photocopy of at least one of the following personal identification documents:

  1. Driver's license or state ID for New Mexico or other state
  2. Birth certificate
  3. Passport
  4. Alien Identification Card

Mail or fax the cover sheet and your personal identification to the following location:

  • New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions
    PO Box 1928
    Albuquerque, NM 87103
    Fax: (505) 841-8636

As an alternative, you may take a picture of your identification on your phone and submit it by email to id.verify@state.nm.us. Be sure to include your claimant ID number on every page submitted. For example, place your driver’s license on a piece of paper on which you have clearly written your claimant ID number. This will help ensure that your proof of identity is attached to your claim.

No. Unemployment Insurance benefits are funded by an employer tax. It is against the law for employers to deduct unemployment taxes from your wages.

Use this helpful tool to find answers to frequently asked questions about letters you may receive.

UPDATE: Under guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor, NMDWS will waive the “waiting week” for claimants who have applied for benefits since March 15th. By waiving the waiting week, claimants will receive an extra week of benefit payments to their accounts while allowing for new applicants to receive their benefits faster.

To close your claim, all you need to do is stop certifying. There is no need to call or notify the department.

No, you would not be eligible to receive payment if you are serving compensable weeks due to a prior fraud determination until all compensable weeks are served.

Log in to your online account (www.jobs.state.nm.us) regularly to check for any correspondence from the department. You will remain responsible for any communication from NMDWS including requests for information and responses to notices of determination, hearings or decisions issued by the Department.

Starting Wednesday, April 8, 2020, the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center has implemented extended hours. The Operations Center will open at 7am and take calls until 5:00pm

The department continues to strongly encourage anyone with internet access to apply and complete weekly certifications using our website at www.jobs.state.nm.us.

If the system has reached the maximum calls in the regular queue and the call back telephone queue, the system has no other option than to hang up. We apologize for the system issues, but due to the large volume of calls received each day the system is working at capacity.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits to individuals who have exhausted their regular state Unemployment Insurance claim (26 weeks) with a benefit year that ended on or after July 1, 2019. There are two ways to apply for PEUC, by calling 1-877-664-6984, Monday-Friday, 7:00am 5:00pm or online by logging in to your account at www.jobs.state.nm.us and selecting "Apply for Federal Extension Benefits" from the left navigation.

It can take up to 3 business days from the time your online Unemployment Insurance claim shows a payment was made for that payment to be reflected in your bank account or on your debit card.

When you file your claim, your weekly benefit amount will be based on the 2019 quarter in which you earned the most, rather than being based on your hourly wage rate.

Claimants in New Mexico may receive up to $484 per week, based on the 2019 quarter in which they earned the most. This is separate from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). Claimants may also receive $25 for up to 2 qualified dependents under the age of 18.

If the separation is a layoff (lack of work), the employer does not need to respond during this crisis. If the separation is any other type, the employer will need to respond.

Please be advised that your 1099G includes payments that you may have received in 2020 including your weekly benefit amount, Lost Wages Assistance (LWA), Worker Pandemic Benefit (WPB), and the $600/week FPUC under the CARES Act.

If you faxed or emailed your proof of identity in, we received it. We take fraud seriously and have dedicated staff who review each identity verification issue individually, as this process cannot be automated. We appreciate your patience as we work to verify identities as quickly as possible.

If the Department receives a rejection or return on a direct deposit account for any reason, it will result in a paper check being issued to you by mail. There are many reasons why this could happen, including, but not limited to, the following: Wrong account number or routing number provided; Closed account; Bank closed account due to overdraft fees; Bank rejected payment; Name on payment did not match the name associated with the bank account. Once the Department receives the reject payment file back from the bank, usually in 3-5 days, the system will automatically send out a paper check. You may receive a call from the Department requesting you to correct your direct deposit information online. Please note that we cannot take this information over the phone. You may also receive notification of the rejected payment directly from your bank. If you do not have a valid bank account you will be placed on the debit card payment method.

You can check the status of your payment online by clicking on the “Payment History” link from your Unemployment Insurance claim homepage.

  • If it shows “Submitted,” you have certified for that week and it is waiting to move to “Paid” status.
  • If it shows “Paid,” it has been sent to the bank.

There are several reasons you may not see your benefit payment in your account, such as:

  • The payment was rejected or was returned by your bank.
  • There are outstanding issues on your claim that might be holding payment and are waiting to be resolved by our adjudication team.
  • It can take up to 3 business days for a payment to reach your account after payment is submitted.
  • If you changed your account the day you certified, the payment may have posted to your previous direct deposit account.

Per our agency security rules and requirements, we do not accept any type of pre-paid brand accounts, including pre-paid bank accounts or pre-paid debit cards, to be used as a direct deposit account for claims. If you would like to use direct deposit as your payment method, you must have an account using a valid, known FDIC/NCUA approved routing number. If you do not have a valid, known routing number, you will be sent a debit card as your payment method.

If your account number is entered incorrectly, is not known, or is not on the FDIC/NCUA approved routing number list, it will go to the routing number workflow and this payment method will be researched by a member of the NMDWS fraud team. You will be mailed paper checks while the investigation takes place. If it is determined to be valid bank it will be added to the approved list and you may begin to use this as the direct deposit account. If it is an unknown or new pre-paid product, it will be added to the blocked list and you will be placed on the debit card if there is no other valid direct deposit account to be used.

You can change your payment method at any time by accessing your Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System account online at www.jobs.state.nm.us. Once you log in, click the umbrella icon for Unemployment Insurance Benefits, then select “Manage Account” and then “Payment Method.” Then select the payment option you would prefer. We recommend that if you are changing your payment method, do so 24 hours prior to completing your weekly certification to allow our system time to update before sending out the payment. Please note that Department staff do not have access to assist with entering any direct deposit account information. Department staff can only update your payment method to the debit card.

If you have elected to receive a debit card for your Unemployment Insurance benefits, please be advised that the current processing and arrival time for new debit cards is 7-14 calendar days.

If you have questions regarding ordering a new card, checking the status of a replacement card, debit card account balance questions, or need to Pin/Activate the card please contact the New Mexico Debit Card Customer Service Center at 1-866-898-2213. Support is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may also log in to the debit card website at EPPICard.com to manage your debit card account. If you need assistance setting up your account on EPPICard.com, have been locked out of your account, or need help with the website password, please contact the New Mexico Debit Card Customer Service Center at 1-866-898-2213 for assistance.

To order a new card or check the status of your card, you may do so without waiting on hold to speak to someone when you call the New Mexico Debit Card Customer Service Center. You will be asked to verify your identity before a card will be sent and can do this by entering in the card number. If you do not know the card number, you can use your Social Security Number or your date of birth to authenticate.

There is a $15.00 fee for replacement debit cards, and you can request for your new card to be expedited 2 days arrival via FedEx or UPS, depending on your area of the state. Please note that we cannot expedite cards to any PO box addresses. These can be sent via USPS Priority Mail, however, there is no guaranteed delivery date.

No. Per banking regulations, once the money is deposited to the debit card, we cannot remove it for any reason other than fraud. You will need to use the card to access any funds deposited there.

Your date of birth may not have been entered correctly on your claim. Please contact the Department to have this updated by calling 1-877-664-6984 or by emailing ui.claims@state.nm.us.

NMDWS staff do not have any access to the debit card accounts. Please contact the New Mexico Debit Card Customer Service Center at 1-866-898-2213. Support is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may also log in to the debit card website at EPPICard.com to manage your debit card account.

Worker Pandemic Benefit

The Worker Pandemic Benefit (WPB) is a one-time supplemental unemployment compensation benefit in the amount of $1,200 to those who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and who are or were eligible for unemployment benefits, including regular state unemployment insurance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Extended Benefits, or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

The WPB was authorized through state legislation passed during the 2020 Special Session.

Eligible individuals will receive a one-time $1,200 supplemental benefit as a separate payment from their weekly unemployment benefit.

Funding for the Worker Pandemic Benefit was provided by re-allocated federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding received by the State of New Mexico, and approved during the 2020 Special Session.

No, there is not an application for the Worker Pandemic Benefit. Eligible individuals are those who certify and are eligible to receive benefits for qualifying weeks of November 22 through 28 or November 29 through December 5. Also, claimants who were receiving benefits but exhausted their benefits between September 12, 2020 and the time of the bill signing are eligible for WPB. There is no need for claimants to call or apply separately for this benefit.

This benefit payment will be separate from regular weekly benefit payments. Benefits will be paid starting December 14 to those determined eligible.

No. The $300 per week for up to six weeks was for Lost Wages Assistance (LWA), a program funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). WPB comes from re-allocated federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding received by the State of New Mexico, and approved during the 2020 Special Session.

Individuals are eligible for WPB as long as they certify and are eligible to receive benefits for qualifying weeks of November 22 through 28 or November 29 through December 5. Also, claimants who were receiving benefits but exhausted their benefits between September 12 and November 25 are eligible for WPB. There is no need for claimants to call or apply separately for this benefit.

This one-time benefit is not available to individuals who have returned to full-time work or certify that they earned wages greater than their weekly benefit amount during the week legislation was signed.

Eligible individuals will receive a one-time $1,200 supplemental benefit as a separate payment from their weekly unemployment benefit through their preferred payment method for receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits. Your payment method can be revised at any time by logging into your Unemployment Insurance account and going to “View and Maintain Account Information” and then selecting “Payment Method Options and Tax Information.”

The department is expanding our eligibility criteria to include as many claimants as possible in the one-time Worker Pandemic Benefit. Eligible individuals are those who certify and are eligible to receive benefits for qualifying weeks of November 22 through November 28 or November 29 through December 5. Please note, claimants who were eligible for benefits but exhausted their claims between September 12 and November 25, 2020 are eligible for WPB. There is no need for claimants to apply separately for this benefit.

No, to be eligible for the one one-time Worker Pandemic Benefit you only need to be able to certify and are eligible to receive benefits for one of the qualifying weeks. Qualifying weeks are November 22 through November 28 or November 29 through December 5.

If an individual is waiting on an appeal hearing, they may receive the WPB payment if their appeal is resolved and determined in the claimant's favor without any other pending issues before December 28th and they are able to certify and receive a benefit payment for qualifying weeks of November 22 through 28 or November 29 through December 5.

Lost Wages Assistance (LWA)

The Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program is a temporary emergency measure to provide an additional $300 per week to those who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are receiving unemployment benefits. The LWA program was authorized through an August 8th Presidential Memorandum.

Yes, New Mexico has received approval and grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Lost Wages Assistance (LWA). With the guidance provided in the Unemployment Insurance Program Letter (UPIL) from U.S. Department of Labor, we have started a project to enhance our Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System to roll out the LWA in a smooth and seamless process. Read FEMA’s press announcement here.

For the state of New Mexico, an eligible individual could receive a $300 supplemental benefit in addition to their weekly unemployment benefit. New Mexico has been approved for six weeks of payments, beginning July 26, 2020, through September 5, 2020.

The LWA program has a limited budget, so the length of time the LWA program is available, the amount that is paid out, and to whom will be determined by the number of participating states, the number of payments that go out, and how quickly the limited federal funds are exhausted.

No, there is not an application for the LWA program. Funding is limited to those who received unemployment benefits for the time period of July 26, 2020, through September 5, 2020, and meet the self-certification requirements to be eligible for the additional $300 LWA payment.

Funding is limited to those who received an unemployment benefit for the time period of July 26, 2020, through September 5, 2020, and are determined eligible for the additional $300 LWA stimulus payment.

New Mexico must follow the federal guidelines for this program. Eligible individuals include recipients whose weekly benefit amount is at least $100 per week in the following unemployment-related assistance programs:

  • Unemployment Insurance or Compensation (state benefits)
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (13 weeks federal extension)
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (federal self-employed unemployment)
  • Extended Benefits

In addition, individuals must self-certify that they are unemployed, or partially unemployed, as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

LWA benefit payments in New Mexico started to go out the second week of September. This benefit payment will be separate from regular weekly benefit payments. Benefits will be paid retroactively for those determined eligible.

No. The $600 per week available under the CARES Act expired at the end of July. LWA has different eligibility requirements and is a limited pool of money to be shared among all states that apply and are approved.

Individuals will have to complete a self-certification that states they are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

No. The $100 requirement is specific to weekly benefit amount.

If an individual is eligible for a minimum weekly benefit amount of $86 and receives a dependency allowance of $25 they will be eligible to receive LWA benefits.

If your weekly benefit amount is $100 or more but you receive less because you are earning wages, you are still eligible to receive LWA benefits if your weekly amount is at least $1.

Additional Resources

In the midst of this unprecedented public health crisis, the negative impact to the economy has caused many individuals and families to suffer severe financial difficulties. The state and private companies have taken measures to mitigate financial hardship and the state is diligently working to identify additional sources of relief and to advocate for a full measure of federal support.

  • I can't pay my mortgage. What can I do? The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would provide payment forbearance to borrowers impacted by the coronavirus. Forbearance allows for a mortgage payment to be suspended for up to 12 months due to hardship caused by the coronavirus. FHFA has also directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to suspend foreclosures and evictions for at least 60 days (beginning March 19) due to the coronavirus national emergency. The foreclosure and eviction suspension applies to homeowners with an Enterprise-backed single-family mortgage. Many mortgage lenders in New Mexico are backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and will follow these directives accordingly. Please contact your lender for information specific to your mortgage. If you have received an eviction notice, please call the state’s COVID-19 general hotline at 1-833-551-0518. For more information, click here.
  • I can't pay my rent. What can I do? The New Mexico Supreme Court has issued an order placing a temporary moratorium on evictions for inability to pay rent during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Judges will stay the execution of writs of restitution that property owners can obtain and give to law enforcement to force the removal of a tenant. If your landlord has filed a petition for a writ of restitution (an eviction or collection proceeding) against you for nonpayment of rent or any other reason you must participate in the hearing set by the judge. If you want the court to stay your eviction for NONPAYMENT OF RENT during the public health emergency, you will need to provide the judge with evidence of your current inability to pay your rent at the hearing on the petition. The hearing will be held by video or phone, unless the parties file a motion for an in-person hearing. The summons you receive from the court will give you directions about how to participate in the hearing. If you would like assistance with your eviction proceeding please contact:
    • New Mexico Legal Aid – (505) 633-6694
    • Senior Citizens Law Office – (505) 265-2300, (Serves residents of Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia and Torrance counties who are 60 or older.)
    • Legal Resources for the Elderly Program, 800-876-6657 statewide; 505-797-6005 in Albuquerque, (Statewide free legal helpline for NM residents 55 and older.)
    The Supreme Court’s order is the latest restriction and precautionary measure imposed on operations of state courts to protect public safety and safeguard the health of New Mexicans. Other measures provide New Mexican additional time to pay fines and fees, require the use of audio and video teleconferencing for court proceedings that need to continue and allow self-represented litigants to submit case filings to local courts by email and fax to help them avoid courthouse visits. For more information, click here.
  • I can't pay my utility bills. What can I do? Many utility companies, including electric, gas and water authorities, have publicly committed to suspending shut-offs due to non-payment for a period of time during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Payment plans and reduced rates for low-income individuals may also be available. If one or more of your utility services has been shut off and you require assistance to contact your provider, please call the state’s COVID-19 general hotline at 1-833-551-0518. For more information about your providers or to inquire about your bill, click here.
  • I can't pay my internet or cell phone bills. What can I do? All major internet service providers and telecommunications companies in the state have signed onto the Federal Communications Commission’s Keep America Connected Pledge. The companies have pledged for the next 60 days (through May 12th) to:
    • Not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic;
    • Waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus epidemic;
    • Open Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.
    If your internet or cell phone service has been terminated and you require assistance to contact your provider, please call the state’s COVID-19 general hotline at 1-833-551-0518. For more information about your provider’s response to COVID-19 or to inquire about your bill, click here.
  • I am running low on food and need help. What can I do?
    Below is a list of resources for food assistance: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, provides financial assistance to eligible New Mexicans with low income and limited resources to purchase food products. SNAP benefits are simple to use to purchase qualifying food products at participating grocery stores. For more information, click here.
  • I'm a senior and I need food. What can I do?
    Senior & Disabled Adults Food Access Hotline: 1-800-432-2080
    New Mexico’s Aging and Long Term Services Department (ALTSD) leadership acknowledged the wonderful community partners throughout the state who have stepped up to assist our senior and vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic, including many corporate and local grocery stores that are offering special shopping hours. Many have adjusted their hours, typically opening early, to allow these individuals to beat the crowds and reduce their risk of exposure, as the virus is more dangerous to the elderly and immunocompromised, and many essential items have been difficult for seniors to find. The early hours have the additional benefit of allowing seniors to shop while shelves are well stocked. For more information, click here.
  • I need affordable childcare for my children. What can I do?
    If you are in need of childcare, please visit www.newmexicokids.org or call 1-800-691-9067.
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