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Disaster Unemployment Assistance for 2022 Wildfires

At the request of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, President Biden has authorized federal disaster aid for the State of New Mexico making Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) available to New Mexicans whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a direct result of the 2022 Wildfires.

New Mexicans can now apply for DUA at various evacuation shelters, at any Workforce Connection Center across the state, or by calling the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center at 1-877-664-6984, 7am-4:30pm Monday through Friday. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2022.

Applications filed after the deadline may be denied unless the individual provides good cause for filing after that date; therefore, claimants should file as soon as possible.

DUA is available to individuals who:
• Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment; and
• Do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits, or Extended Benefits (EB) from any state; and
• Were unable to reach their job or self-employment location because they must travel through the affected area and are prevented from doing so by the disaster; or
• Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster; or
• Cannot physically access the place of employment due to its closure by the federal, state, or local government in immediate response to the disaster; or
• Can establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their principal source of income; or
• Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster; or
• Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of a death related to the disaster/fire.

Proof of employment/self-employment must be submitted no later than 21 days after filing for a DUA claim. The following documents are acceptable as proof of employment:
• Payroll voucher or check stub closest in date to the last work week
• Employment and earnings statement from employer with name, address and contact information
• Written statement from employer
• Business records (bank statements, business receipts, licenses, advertisements, invoices, appointment books, financial statements)

DUA is available for weeks of unemployment beginning April 10, 2022 until November 5, 2022, as long as the individual’s unemployment continues to be a direct result of the disaster.

DUA applications are only being accepted in person or by phone. Eligible claimants may receive their benefits via direct deposit or debit card. More information available at https://www.dws.state.nm.us/DUA.

In-Person Locations to File a DUA Claim
Individuals who are applying in-person for DUA may go to any New Mexico Workforce Connection Center (https://www.dws.state.nm.us/Office-Locations) or to one of the locations listed below, 9am-4pm Monday through Friday.

Facility Name Address
Glorieta Camp 11 NM-50, Glorieta, NM 87535
Juan Gonzales Agriculture Center 202 Chamisa Road, Taos, NM 87571
Old Memorial Middle School 947 Old National Rd, Las Vegas, NM 87701

Asistencia de Desempleo por Desastre debido a Incendios Forestales de 2022

ALBUQUERQUE – A petición de la gobernadora Michelle Lujan Grisham, el presidente Biden autorizó ayuda Federal para desastres para el estado de Nuevo México poniendo a disposición la Asistencia de Desempleo por Desastre (DUA por sus siglas en inglés) para los nuevo mexicanos cuyo empleo o empleo por cuenta propia se perdió o se interrumpió como resultado directo de los Incendios Forestales de 2022.

Los nuevo mexicanos ahora pueden aplicar para DUA en varios refugios de evacuación, en cualquier Centro de Conexión de Fuerza Laboral en todo el estado, o llamando al Centro de Operaciones del Seguro de Desempleo al 1-877-664-6984, de lunes a viernes, de 7 am a 4:30 pm. La fecha límite para aplicar es el 15 de junio de 2022.

Las aplicaciones presentadas después de la fecha límites se considerarán inoportunas y los beneficios de DUA pueden ser negados a menos que la persona presente una buena causa para presentarla después de esa fecha; por lo tanto, reclamantes deben presentar su aplicación lo antes posible.

DUA está disponible para personas que:
• Trabajaron, trabajaron por cuenta propia, o estaban programados para comenzar a trabajar o trabajar por cuenta propia; y
• No califican para beneficios de desempleo regular, o Beneficios Extendidos (EB por sus siglas en inglés) de cualquier estado; y
• No pudieron llegar a su lugar de trabajo o trabajo por cuenta propia porque deben viajar a través del área afectada y el desastre se los impidió; o
• No pueden trabajar o realizar servicios debido al daño físico o destrucción del lugar de empleo como resultado directo del desastre; o
• No pueden acceder físicamente al lugar de empleo debido a su cierre por parte del gobierno federal, estatal, o local en respuesta inmediata al desastre; o
• Pueden demostrar que el trabajo o trabajo por cuenta propia que ya no pueden realizar era su fuente principal de ingresos; o
• No pueden realizar un trabajo o trabajo por cuenta propia debido a una lesión como resultado directo del desastre; o
• Se convirtieron en el proveedor de la familia o en el sostén principal debido a la muerte relacionada al desastre/el incendio.

La prueba de empleo/empleo por cuenta propia se debe enviar a más tardar 21 días después de presentar un reclamo de DUA. Se aceptan los siguientes documentos como prueba de empleo:
• Comprobante de nómina de sueldo o talón cheque más cercano a la última semana laboral
• Declaración de empleo e ingresos del empleador con nombre, domicilio e información de contacto
• Declaración escrita del empleador
• Registros comerciales (estados de cuenta bancarios, recibos, licencias, anuncios, facturas, o agendas comerciales, estados financieros)

DUA está disponible para semanas de desempleo comenzando el 10 de abril de 2022 hasta el 5 de noviembre de 2022, siempre que el desempleo de la persona continúe siendo un resultado directo del desastre.

Las aplicaciones de DUA sólo se aceptan en persona o por teléfono. Reclamantes elegibles pueden recibir sus beneficios mediante depósito directo o tarjeta de débito. Más información disponible en https://www.dws.state.nm.us/DUA.

Ubicaciones en Persona para Presentar un Relcamo de DUA

Personas que aplican para DUA en persona pueden ir a cualquier Centro de Conexión de Fuerza Laboral de Nuevo México (https://www.dws.state.nm.us/Office-Locations) o a una de las ubicaciones enumeradas a continuación, de lunes a viernes, de 9 am a 4 pm.

Nombre de Instalación Domicilio
Glorieta Camp 11 NM-50, Glorieta, NM 87535
Juan Gonzales Agriculture Center 202 Chamisa Road, Taos, NM 87571
Old Memorial Middle School 947 Old National Rd, Las Vegas, NM 87701


The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) oversees the New Mexico public workforce system. The department is committed to supporting the business community and assisting New Mexicans seeking employment opportunities by bridging the link between employer needs and the skilled workforce. The department administers programs to include business services; workforce training; Unemployment Insurance; labor law enforcement; veterans’ services; and labor market information.
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