If your employment has been affected by the South Fork or Salt fires, you may file a standard Unemployment Insurance claim. This is the first step in the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) process, either online at or by phone at 1-877-664-6984 Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm. Updates available here.

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The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions strives to be a leader in improving employment and poverty rates through workforce development, enhanced services for employers, and ensuring fair labor practices and workforce protections for New Mexicans.


Are you a Job Seeker?

Access career resources and services. Apply or certify for Unemployment Insurance benefits.

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Are you a Worker?

Find information about your legal rights as a worker, minimum wage, working as a teen, discrimination, and more.

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Access recruitment assistance and services to find the perfect candidate. Find information on Unemployment Insurance Tax, minimum wage, and more.

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Wage and Hour Information

The Labor Relations Division enforces payment of wages, minimum wage, and overtime labor laws under the Wage Pay Act and the Minimum Wage Act, and also enforces the payment of prevailing wages to laborers and mechanics under the Public Works Minimum Wage Act.

What is the minimum wage?
New Mexico's current minimum wage is $12.00 per hour. Certain cities require a higher minimum wage.

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I have questions about my wages or work hours.
Review our frequently asked questions about Wage & Hour rights.

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I haven’t been paid what I’ve earned. What can I do?
You can file a wage claim (a request to attempt to recover unpaid wages or other compensation).

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What are the wages for public works projects?
NMDWS sets the minimum wage rates for all Public Works projects each year.

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Unemployment Information

Unemployment Insurance provides temporary financial assistance to qualified individuals who meet state eligibility requirements. Unemployment Insurance benefits are financed through employer payroll taxes; they are not deducted from employee paychecks.

I just lost my job. Now what?

You may qualify for temporary financial assistance while you look for work.

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How do I apply for unemployment benefits?
You can apply online at or over the phone at 1-877-664-6984 Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm.
Where do I file my weekly certification for unemployment benefits?
Complete your weekly certification online at or over the phone at 1-877-664-6984 Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm.

I want to find a job. Can you help?
Search for work online at or visit a Workforce Connection Center near you for personal assistance.
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    Applications Developer?

    Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency.

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    Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. May install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems.

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    Raise, place, and unite iron or steel girders, columns, and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. May erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings.

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    Perform preliminary work with the material and tools of the trade; residential and commercial rough wiring and finish work including the installation of various kinds of wires, cables, and conduits per the National Electrical Code; industrial lighting and service installation; motors controls and installation including emergency generators, relays, and timing devices.

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