New Mexico Unemployment Weekly Claims
Here is how you apply and certify for weekly unemployment benefits in New Mexico:
- Officially register and/or log into your account in this system, the New Mexico Workforce Connection (www.jobs.state.nm.us).
- If you are currently logged in or after you register, log into the system, click on “Unemployment Insurance” under the “Quick Menu” on the left-hand side of the screen.
- Log into the UI Claims and Benefits system.
- If you have questions or need additional information, contact a Customer Service Agent at the NMDWS Unemployment Insurance Operations Center by calling 1-877-664-6984 active through Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.
New Mexico requires a one-week waiting period after your claim is filed. This means that you will not receive a check for the first week that you are eligible for and certify for benefits. This is called your waiting week. Your payment will start with the second week you are eligible and certify for benefits.
You are also required to complete a minimum of two work searches every week that you certify for benefits. You are required to maintain records of your searches or you can use the Work Search Verification Log. The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions can request verification of your work searches at any time during your benefit year.
You must register for work services within 14 days of filing a claim for UI benefits, unless exempt by law. Registration includes an orientation video which you can watch online or at your local New Mexico Workforce Connection Center. To fulfill this requirement, go to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions website, log on to the Workforce Connection online system, complete the “Personal Profile” and click “SAVE.” The orientation video will start immediately. When the video is over, click “SUBMIT” to complete your work registration requirement. This website also provides valuable resources to aid your job search, including job referrals, resume building, and re-employment services.