New Mexico Work Search Requirements

To start looking for another job, register as a job seeker at or at your local New Mexico Workforce Connection Center. Registering and creating an account in the New Mexico Workforce Connection system is required within 14 days of your initial claim for Unemployment Insurance benefits. You can also access valuable job seeker resources and programs at the New Mexico Workforce Connection Centers around the state. To find the office nearest you, go to and click on “Office Locations” at the top of the page.

If you are requesting to certify for your weekly benefits, you are required to report your work search contacts at the time that you certify. Unless exempted by the department, you are required to make a minimum of two different work search contacts every week to qualify for benefits. You will need to report the date of your contact information (such as a phone number or web address), and what was the result of your contact. Please have this information readily available at the time you certify o your benefits may be delayed.

To help you keep track of your work searches, a Work Search Log is available for you to log each work search contact you make. This form is available at, under the “Unemployment Insurance” header and “Resources.” Include specific details that document the type of contact. This form is to assist you keep track of your work searches over time. If you are selected in a work search audit, a letter and official form will be sent to you from the Department. You must submit any requested information and return to the UI Operations Center via the directions included in the letter.