NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions is postponing its work search requirements. For the past seven months, the state has waived that requirement in light of the health risk and economic effects of the pandemic. The waiver was set to expire on Oct. 25 and claimants would have had to document two job searches a week. But for now, with COVID-19 cases on the rise, Workforce Solutions is delaying that requirement until further notice and closing all their offices.
According to a news release, the office closures include New Mexico Workforce Connection Centers and Labor Relations Division offices. Work search requirements will also be waived until further notice for all Unemployment Insurance claimants.
“With the recent record spike in cases resulting in high hospitalizations, the decision has been made to give New Mexicans more time before work searches are required,” said Bill McCamley in the same news release, NMDWS Secretary. “We are also delaying the opening of our offices for in-person visits to ensure our staff and the public are protected. The spread of the virus has always driven our decision-making and it is vital that we stay home in order to protect ourselves, our families, and the heroes working in our hospitals.”
NMDWS says individuals can access online services for filing Unemployment Insurance claims, accessing job training opportunities, and career services at www.jobs.state.nm.us.
According to the news release, specialists are providing services by phone, email, and virtual meetings. The main number for each office is listed below:
|Alamogordo – 575-437-9210||Las Vegas – 505-425-6451|
|Albuquerque – 505-843-1900||Los Lunas – 505-212-9115|
|Artesia – 575-748-1303||Moriarty – 505-832-6774|
|Carlsbad – 575-887-1174||Rio Rancho – 505-771-2160|
|Clovis – 575-762-4571||Roswell – 575-624-6040|
|Deming – 575-546-0192||Ruidoso – 575-369-1730|
|Española – 505-753-2285||Santa Fe – 505-827-7434|
|Farmington – 505-327-6126||Silver City – 575-538-3737|
|Gallup – 505-863-8181||Socorro – 575-835-0067|
|Hobbs – 575-393-5188||Taos – 575-869-4219|
|Las Cruces – 575-524-6250||Truth or Consequences – 575-894-1263|
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