NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – State officials announced Friday a support program to provide supplemental payments for New Mexicans receiving unemployment benefits. According to a press release, some workers will receive up to $1,000.

The program will start the week of July 4 and run through August 28. The release states people claiming unemployment who get a job over the next four weeks will need to remain employed through the end of the program to receive payments.

“Maybe the incentive to get people back to work is a step in the right direction,” said George Griego, the owner of Central Grill. Griego says he himself has had difficulty hiring, with multiple applicants skipping out on interviews.

“I think it’s a good step,” Griego said. “I just wonder how many people are going to line up to go to work now,” he told KRQE.

Officials say the support payments will be adjusted depending on certain factors as the program moves forward. All payments will be made once the nine-week program is over:

  • If an unemployment claimant reports a new job during the week beginning July 11, they will receive an $800 supplement from Workforce Solutions.
  • If a claimant reports a new job during the week of July 18, they will receive a $600 supplement.
  • If a claimant reports a new job during the week of July 25, they will receive a $400 supplement.

The owner of The Frontier says it’s about time the state does something like this. “It would’ve been so much help if this had happened when we got seating in the dining rooms,” said Rainosek.

The funding comes from federal stimulus money. More information can be found on the Department of Workforce Solutions website.