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NM extends unemployment benefits

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions said Friday that the state will begin offering a new set of unemployment benefits for New Mexicans who have exhausted their previous benefits.

Under federal law, the Federal-State Extended Benefits program offers up to an additional 13 weeks of benefits for individuals who have exhausted both their regular unemployment benefits and 13 weeks of the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation assistance, a news release said.

Once someone exhausts their benefits, the state workforce department will notify them that they are eligible to apply for the new program. The weekly benefit amount will be the same as their regular unemployment compensation, according to the release.

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, which provides an extra $600 for claimants, is scheduled to expire July 25.

The new federal program began in New Mexico on Sunday for people who have exhausted their benefits, according to the release.

Once they receive written notification, New Mexicans can apply by phone by calling 877-664-6984. Or they can apply on line by clicking on the “Apply for Extended Benefits” link on their claimant homepage.

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