Federal unemployment programs to end in early September

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions is reminding New Mexicans that a handful of federal unemployment programs tied to the COVID-19 pandemic are slated to expire Sept. 4, according to a release from the agency.

The expiring programs, created by the federal CARES Act in 2020 and extended earlier this year, include the following:

• The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, which adds an additional $300 weekly payment for any eligible claimant. The week of Sept. 4 is the last where the payment will be included in benefits.

• Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, provides benefits for claimants who would not otherwise qualify, including self-employed people. The week ending Sept. 4 is the last payable week for PUA benefits, but DWS will continue to accept new applications for 30 days after the expiration of the program, provided the period of unemployment benefits requested is before it expires.

• Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, which provides an extension of benefits after regular unemployment compensation benefits have been exhausted. Claimants currently receiving standard benefits will not be eligible for PEUC benefits after the program expires.

• Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation, which provides an additional $100 per week for certain claimants who have mixed earnings.

DWS will ensure that claimants who are awaiting an eligibility determination for any of the above programs will receive payments they are owed for all weeks they certify for prior to Sept. 4, according to the release.

For more information, visit https://www.dws.state.nm.us/federal-benefits-ending.

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