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I heard that the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program is ending.

Unemployment insurance programs and extensions funded by the federal CARES Act expired December 26, 2020, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) has started to receive guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) on implementing the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act and will provide additional information as it becomes available.

NMDWS Reminds Claimants to Plan Accordingly for Holiday Closures

Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims Online System Available

All New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions’ (NMDWS) offices, including the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Operations Center, will be closed on Thursday, December 24 starting at 1 p.m. for Winter Holiday Leave granted by Governor Lujan Grisham; and all day Friday, December 25, 2020 in observance of Christmas; and Friday, January 1, 2021, in observance of the New Year holiday. The department urges claimants to plan accordingly.

NMDWS preparing for possible passage of Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act

States await U.S. Department of Labor guidance

The United States Congress is working on legislation that may extend the unemployment benefits programs created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). If the legislation is enacted, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) will work to implement program updates as quickly as possible. However, the department must wait on guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor before the provisions of the Act can be implemented.

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