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Consequently, about 2,000 unemployed New Mexicans received less than $100 per week during that three-week period, and are therefore ineligible for the program, Johnston said.

Recipients also must be eligible for one of the standard unemployment programs and self-certify that they were unemployed, or partially unemployed, as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a state news release.

The program retroactively covers a three-week period, from July 26 to Aug. 15. The department has applied for an additional week of funding to extend the supplemental benefit through Aug. 22, and will continue applying for FEMA grants in future weeks to maximize benefits for New Mexicans, according to the release.

NMDWS expects payments under the new program to begin the second week of September, the release said.


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