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Jobless benefits could end for 7,000 in New Mexico

November 17, 2012 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — About 7,000 jobless New Mexicans will lose unemployment benefits at the end of the year if Congress and the president don’t agree to extend the assistance, legislators were told Friday.

That represents about a third of the New Mexicans currently receiving unemployment payments, which range from a minimum of $74 a week to a maximum of $397.

Workforce Solutions Secretary Celina Bussey told the Legislative Finance Committee there will be no federal extended unemployment benefits starting in January unless the program is continued.

The state pays for jobless benefits for 26 weeks, and the federal government picks up the cost of 28 additional weeks of assistance because of high Login to read more

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