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New Mexico Unemployment Job Search Requirements

When you apply for weekly certification, you will be asked to show your work search efforts for the week. This makes sure that UI benefit applicants are in constant search of a job and are not living off unemployment benefits. Read on to know more about job search requirements in the state of New Mexico. If you have your work search document ready go ahead and apply for your weekly certification.

You must search for work and try to find a job. Unless officially exempted, you will be required to conduct a minimum of two work searches per week for every week you certify for benefits. You are required to keep a log of all of your work searches, and the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) can request verification of your searches at any time during your benefit year. The Work Search Verification Log can be used to keep track of all of your work searches.

These job search requirements help to ensure that a claimant is actively working to find employment. If the work search requirements are not met, a reduction or denial of benefits may occur.


  1. I am a caregiver. I worked with one woman for 6 years and she passed away at the end of January. I think it is going to be more difficult to find work right now where we are on an order for social distancing. Would I be eligible for unemployment while trying to find more work?

    • Kathy,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  2. I am receiving unemployment benefit as of March 24 – I am 90 years old – no one will hire a 90 year old woman – can I be exempt from job searching

    • Josephine,

      I am not sure if your application can be considered as a unique one. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

      Wishing you good health!

  3. My husband wants to relocate to his home state of Arizona because there are more opportunities for work than in Clovis. If I collect benefits from New Mexico do they stop when I move or continue until I find work?

    • Grace,

      I am guessing you should be able to continue collecting weekly benefits. Please check with the Claims Center by calling them.

  4. Hi I have been temp layoff since November, Have yet to see payment or any contact with UI employees. Have refilled claim yet surfing the site is quite confused . Do I have to report weekly if so where are the forms ?A response from a government agency seems to be something of a myth.

    • You will find all the relevant information once you log in. As a part of your responsibility, you’re supposed to report the required job searches and claim on the weekly basis during the designated time.

    • With a lot of conditions.

      Simply consider applying for UI benefits in you’re unemployed.They would determine the eligibility with paperwork filed.

  5. I am moving to New Mexico shortly. The state I presently reside in exempts union members in good standing (as we have an elected Business Agent who looks for work for the local) from work searches. I’ve read through the New Mexico web site(s) and while they state there are exemptions from work searches I could not find what the exemptions are. Can you tell me – or point me in the right direction – if union members are exempted from work searches in New Mexico?

    • Hi Jay,
      Im afraid we are unable to solve your query. However, There is a possibility where you can search for work through the union and still be eligible to receive benefits.

      Below is an excerpt from the New Mexico Unemployment site for clarity –

      A claimant who normally restricts his availability and search for work to available union work, and who registers with and seeks work through his union is available for and actively seeking work within the meaning of the Unemployment Compensation Law unless such restrictions on his availability and search make him substantially unemployable in the locality or occupation in which he is seeking work.

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