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State offers stimulus to 2,000 self-employed New Mexicans

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions is offering a one-time stimulus payment for self-employed New Mexicans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The department is offering a payment of $750 to the first 2,000 individuals who qualify, funded by $1.5 million from the Rapid Response Layoff Aversion program under the directive of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, according to a news release.

To be eligible, applicants must be self-employed, must not be currently collecting unemployment insurance benefits, be able to provide proof of U.S. citizenship and New Mexico residency and have a bank account that can accept a direct deposit, among other criteria. Those who can apply include musicians and artists with cancelled shows, contract massage therapists at health spas and food truck operators, rideshare drivers and more, according to the release.

To apply, create an individual account on www.jobs.state.nm.us and click on the link for the program located on their “My Workforce Connection” page. Applicants are expected to provide account information for their financial institution, along with personal information, proof of residency and work authorization documents where applicable, according to the release.

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