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How Long Do I Have to Work For to Collect Unemployment in New Mexico?

New Mexico defines an employer as having paid a minimum of $450 in wages during any quarter or employing at least one individual for a minimum of 20 weeks.

In order to qualify for unemployment insurance in New Mexico, you must earn an HQW of at least $1,822.43. You also must earn wages in another quarter. Therefore, you must have worked during a minimum of two quarters in the base period.

New Mexico does not offer an extended base period; however, an alternate base period, which considers the last four completed calendar quarters in the base period (instead of the first four), is available for those who fail to qualify under the regular base period.


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