Unemployment Insurance claims for March 19 through March 26

(Albuquerque, NM) – The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions released unofficial numbers for new Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims filed for Thursday, March 19 to March 26, 2020.

  • 31, 849 – Total number of new claims processed for the week. Not all claimants will qualify for UI benefits.
  • 16,663 – Number of weekly certifications for the same timeframe mentioned above. These include people receiving benefits and others who are in the system and awaiting determination.
  • $453 Million – Current Trust Fund balance.

For the week ending March 14, 2020, the department had 700 new claims filed.   

Individuals are required to certify every week after they apply for benefits, this includes the weeks before they receive their first benefit payment. The department encourages those who are able to, complete your weekly certification online at www.jobs.state.nm.us or they may call 1-877-664-6984, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“It is vitally important that that people stay home as we fight the health risks of COVID-19,” said Bill McCamley, Secretary of the NM Workforce Solutions Department. “Our department is working extremely hard to ensure that New Mexicans who have been affected by this situation have the ability to get through this tough time so that we can all stay as safe and healthy as possible. We will get through this together if we stay kind and patient with one another.”

The department will not be charging employers for benefits paid out to claimants. Non-charging of employers for all qualified claims shall begin with claims filed as of March 16th or later until further notice. Non-chargeability only applies in the event that employers respond timely and adequately to all correspondence and communications from the Department. Employers that fail to timely or adequately respond remain potentially liable in accordance with NMAC 11.3.300.308.

Waiver of the charges for new claims related to COVID-19 separations will apply to both reimbursable and contributory employers.  

Additional information for employers and workers affected by COVID-19, including frequently asked questions, can be found at www.dws.state.nm.us/COVID-19-Info. For the latest announcements and updates, follow NMDWS on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Data disclaimer

“New claims” include individuals who filed first-time claims as well as additional claims filed by individuals as a result of a new unemployment event. New claims include claims that are still being reviewed for eligibility. Counts for new claims are not indicative of the number of claims that will result in monetary compensation. Counts are estimated due to the unprecedented volume of claims.

Per U.S. Department of Labor regulations, official weekly numbers are released on Thursday mornings in the Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report found here https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases.