New Mexico unemployment numbers improve slightly

Updated : November 2nd, 2022

The new numbers for the New Mexico unemployment that have been released recently show some positive sign. As per the numbers released by U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate as shown a slight dip from 8.8 percent in March to 8.7 percent in April. The Department also says that New Mexico lost 16,000 jobs since April, 2009.

People have been optimistic throughout the state and feel that there are enough jobs if one really wants to work. Refer to New Mexico unemployment guide to learn more about state unemployment program.

The good news is that twenty six million dollars has been released for the unemployed in New Mexico. This is coming from the U.S. Department of Labor as New mexico qualified for the money by allowing the part-time employees to claim unemployment benefits. The state also gave dependents allowances for unemployment insurance beneficiaries. The money released now will be used for paying benefits and administering the unemployment insurance program.

The unemployment rate of New Mexico has been on an average ranking. The leisure and hospitality sector added 1,300 jobs and the retail industry added 300 jobs. But at the same time, the health care and the educational sector dropped 500 jobs between February and March.

For understanding the unemployment claims of the state, refer to the unemployment benefits guide.

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  1. I am still on hold pending determination. I found a job, but I was making $20 and when I finally start my job (which is not the same thing or in the same field I was working), I will be taking a pay cut of $7 an hour. How long does it take for unemployment claims to be approved and will I still get any benefits after I start working?

    • Hi, Faith – how long ago did you file your claim? In New Mexico, most applicants receive a notification letter within four to eight weeks of filing their initial claim. Whether you continue to collect benefits while working will depend largely on how much you are earning – your benefits amount may be reduced to offset those earnings.

    • Hi, Taylor – how quickly you’ll receive your first benefit payment depends largely on how quickly and smoothly your claim goes through. If you submit it with all the necessary documentation and your employer does not refute the information in your claim, you could hear a decision about your claim in about four weeks. Sometimes it may take up to eight weeks or more to receive a determination. In addition, New Mexico requires a one-week unpaid waiting period for the first week you’re eligible for benefits. Your payments will start with the second week you are eligible and certify for benefits.

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