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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.


Questions & Answers

  1. TJ Blea says:

    I missed the deadline for Sunday due to not being able to log in. Will my benefits be deducted?

  2. Heather says:

    Work search is looking to see what’s available or actually applying for the jobs?

  3. Kristy says:

    I cannot find the link to submit weekly so I can keep getting my payments.

  4. JamesFrazier says:

    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.

    • Martin says:

      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.

  5. Margaret says:

    How does a teacher qualify for unemployment in NM?

    • Adrian says:

      With a lot of conditions.

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

  6. Jay says:

    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?

    • Baggie says:

      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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