When you become unemployed through no fault of your own or get your work hours reduced, you may be qualified to receive unemployment insurance benefits. Employers are required to pay a special tax to support the fund from which unemployed workers are paid.
In order to qualify to receive unemployment insurance benefits, you must not have left your last employer voluntarily. You have to remain able and available for work, and looking for suitable jobs. You must also have earned wages in at least two quarters of the last year.
In order to request your benefits, you must first register at http://www.jobs.state.nm.us and file your initial clam. You will also be requested to create a resume, and search for work by using the tools provided by the website. Once you have filed your initial claim, you must continue to file you claims for benefits each week as long as you remain unemployed.
Make sure you have all the information you need to place your claim before you log in to the site. You will be asked for your Social Security Number, wages earned during the past 18 months, the employers you had during that time, along with their addresses and phone numbers.
When filing weekly claims you will also be asked to provide details about your work search, including phone numbers of all work search contacts you made during the week. If you don’t have Internet access you can also file your claims by phone calling 1-877-664-6984 toll-free from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The amount of money you will receive varies depending on your earnings during the last year. Your weekly benefit amount is equal to 53.5 percent of the earnings of your highest paid quarter. The maximum weekly benefit amount is equivalent to 53.5 percent of the state's average weekly wage, and the minimum you will receive is no less than ten percent of the state's average weekly wage. The state’s average weekly wage was set to $759.89 for 2014.
The first week after your initial claim is a waiting week which is not paid. You still have to claim for benefits for that week to remain eligible. You only have to serve one waiting week per year.
You may be disqualified for receiving benefits if you reject any job offer, become employed again or provide false information to keep receiving benefits. All information you enter in the claiming systems is verified against official documentation. If you provide inaccurate or false information you may be subject to the suspension of your benefits and legal consequences.