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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.

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. The claimant may also receive an additional $600 per week through Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) until July 25, 2020.

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-5pm, 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.

Under the original CARES Act, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provided claimants with up to 39 weeks of benefits. Benefits under the CARES Act expired on December 26, 2020. The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) is working to implement benefit extensions under the Continued Assistance Act (CAA). Under CAA, PUA will provide up to an additional 11 weeks of benefits, to a maximum of 50 weeks.

Once a claimant has exhausted all PUA benefits, under federal law, they will not be permitted to apply for Federal-State Extended Benefits (FDEB1).

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.

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