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FEMA expands qualifications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance for 2022 Wildfires

New Mexicans may receive benefits for employment impacted in an affected county
Earlier this year, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) was made available for individuals whose employment was impacted by the 2022 Wildfires. Following the approval of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s request to expand the federal Disaster Declaration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has expanded this disaster declaration to include flooding, mudflows, and debris flows directly related to the 2022 Wildfires.

Unemployment Insurance Operations Center closed Monday in observance of Labor Day Holiday

Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System Available Online
For Immediate Release
August 31, 2022
Contact: Stacy Johnston
Communications & Marketing Director
505.250.3926

Unemployment Insurance Operations Center closed Monday in observance of Labor Day Holiday
Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System Available Online

(Albuquerque, NM) – All New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions’ offices, including the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center, will be closed on Monday, September 5, in observance of Labor Day. The department urges claimants to plan accordingly.

The Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System is available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Customer Service Agents in the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center will be available when business hours resume on Tuesday, September 6, at 7:00am. The business hours of the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center are 7:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions would like to remind all eligible Unemployment Insurance claimants that Monday, September 6, 2022 is a federal holiday. Most banking institutions and the U.S. Postal Service will be closed in observance of Labor Day. This may result in a delay of banking transactions for Unemployment Insurance benefits.

Additional information about the Unemployment Insurance program and employment services is available on our website at https://www.dws.state.nm.us. For the latest announcements and updates, follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/NMDWS , Instagram (Instagram.com/NMDWS), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NewMexicoDWS), and our official YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/NMDWS).



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The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) oversees the New Mexico public workforce system. The department is committed to supporting the business community through special recruitment, analyzing hard to fill jobs, layoffs, job fairs, and skills assessments for hiring; and assisting New Mexicans seeking employment opportunities with job search, job referrals and placement, and customized skill development such as interviewing skills and resume writing. The department administers programs to include business services; workforce training; Unemployment Insurance; labor law enforcement; veterans’ services; and labor market information.

New Mexico's Unemployment Rate was 4.5% in July 2022

New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in July 2022, down from 4.9 percent in June and down from 7.0 percent in July 2021. The national unemployment rate in July was 3.5 percent, down from 3.6 percent in June and down from 5.7 percent in July 2021. Total nonagricultural payroll employment grew by 37,100 jobs, or 3.9 percent, between July 2021 and July 2022.
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