New Mexico to see an additional $ 300 per week in unemployment benefits


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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) – Labor officials in New Mexico have said residents receiving unemployment benefits should expect an additional $ 300 per week to be added to their benefits. The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions announced Wednesday that it will begin paying certain benefits approved under a federal relief bill passed in late 2020.

“Gov. (Michelle) Lujan Grisham’s administration understands how difficult this situation is right now, and the staff at the Department of Workforce Solutions are doing all they can to support the programs and put money in people’s pockets during this time. really tough times, ”Department Secretary Bill McCamley said. .

Department spokeswoman Stacy Johnston said the program will provide an additional $ 300 per week for 11 weeks to claimants who have not yet exhausted state or federal unemployment benefits. Standard unemployed people should continue to declare themselves unemployed every week, she said.

Residents eligible for standard benefits will receive additional payments starting Sunday for the weeks covering December 27 and January 3, and each qualifying week until the program ends in March.

Ministry officials said the same was true for people on extended benefits with remaining benefit balances in the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program in the event of a pandemic. The state is still awaiting advice from the US Department of Labor regarding the renewal of a few programs for claimants who exhausted their benefits by December 26.

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