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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.

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 $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.

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