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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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Are you a Business?

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

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Are you a Researcher?

Your source for economic and workforce data and analysis to help you make informed decisions.

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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 $7.50 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 www.jobs.state.nm.us 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 www.jobs.state.nm.us 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 www.jobs.state.nm.us or visit a Workforce Connection Center near you for personal assistance.

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