New Mexico Unemployment Benefits
The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions offers Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits to those who lost their job through no fault of their own. The goal of the UI program is to provide temporary replacement of lost wages and encourage employers to provide stable employment. Read through the page to know more about the New Mexico unemployment benefits program.
Eligibility To Apply For UI Benefits In New Mexico
You must meet monetary and job separation requirements to be eligible for unemployment benefits in New Mexico.
You must meet the following requirements to monetarily qualify for unemployment benefits in New Mexico:
- You must have earned minimum covered wages as listed by Workforce Solutions in your base period
- You must have earned wages in at least two-quarters of your base period
Note that if you don’t have enough wages in your base period to be eligible for benefits, the Department will consider wages in your alternative base period.
In New Mexico, the base period is the first four of the five complete calendar quarters before the start date of your unemployment claim. Whereas the alternative base period is the last four completed calendar quarters preceding the first day of your benefit year.
You qualify for unemployment benefits only if you are unemployed through no fault of your own. The Department will deny you benefits if you lose your job due to any of the following reasons:
- You quit your job without any good-cause reasons
- You were fired from your job due to misconduct
- You were fired from your job because you failed in drug and alcohol test
- You quit your job due to a lack of job satisfaction
- You were fired from your job because you breached the organization’s policies
- You were fired for a criminal conviction
You must maintain your eligibility throughout the benefit year to continue to receive benefits without any difficulty. You can maintain your eligibility in the following ways:
- Be able to work – You must be able to work physically and mentally.
- Be available for work – You must be willing to take up a suitable job immediately.
- Accept a suitable offer – You must accept employment with a work nature similar to your previous job.
- Document work search activities – You must record all your work search activities, including interviews attended, a number of employers contacted, etc., and submit them to the Department whenever required.
- Register for work – You must register for work with the Department of Workforce Solutions within 14 days of your initial unemployment claim.
How To Apply For UI Benefits In New Mexico?
You must submit the following documents to receive New Mexico unemployment benefits:
You can file for unemployment benefits in New Mexico online or by telephone.
You can apply for benefits online at www.jobs.state.nm.us. The Workforce recommends this method as it is one of the easiest and fastest ways to apply for benefits in the state.
You can also file for benefits by telephone at 1-877-664-6984, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m-4:30 p.m. for self-service option call 1-877-NM4-MYUI (1-877-664-6984).
How To File Weekly Claims?
After filing an initial unemployment claim, you will need to certify each week for which you wish to receive benefits. You can file weekly certifications online or over the phone. Note that you must file Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m-5:00 p.m. if you are filing over the phone.
UI Benefits Amount
New Mexico unemployment benefits are 53.5% of your average weekly wage during the highest-paid quarter of your base period. The maximum weekly benefits amount you can receive in the state is $461, and the minimum is $86.
You can use the benefits calculator to determine the estimated weekly unemployment benefit amount.
Things To Know After Filing An Application
There are a few aspects that you must know after applying for New Mexico unemployment benefits.
At times, you may receive unemployment overpayments due to various reasons, including administrative errors, false statements, or reversal of previously awarded rewards. If you receive an overpayment, the New Mexico Workforce Solutions will send a notice which includes details regarding the repayment process.
Note that the overpaid amount must be repaid, failing to which the Workforce Solutions will withhold your lottery winnings, federal income tax return and will also deduct the extra amount from your future benefits to recover the extra payment made.
Overpayment Through Fraudulent Practices
If you receive overpayments due to wilful misinterpretation or false statements, you will be required to pay the penalty in addition to repaying the amount. You will also be disqualified from receiving benefits and may face criminal charges.
Normally, you can receive benefits for a maximum of 26 weeks. But if the state’s unemployment is too high, the Department may provide extended benefits. Visit the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions to know more about the extended benefits.
Job Training Assistance
The New Mexico Workforce Connection is the official online portal for a job hunt in New Mexico. The portal lists a range of services for job seekers like:
WorkKeys – It is a job skills assessment system that measures skills required to succeed in a job.
The Workforce Investment Act (WIOA) – It is an employment and training program that helps dislocated workers and other eligible adults access the necessary tools required to manage their careers.
In addition, the New Mexico Workforce Connection portal also provides information on the upcoming workshops and lists Workforce connection offices throughout the state.