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NMDWS News Release-August 16, 2021: Virtual Town Hall - End of federal pandemic unemployment program

For Immediate Release

August 13, 2021

Contact: Stacy Johnston

Acting Public Information Officer


Virtual Town Hall – End of federal pandemic unemployment programs and resources for job search, training programs, and more

(Albuquerque, NM) – All unemployment compensation programs as originally authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020, and extended through the Continued Assistance Act (CAA) of 2021 and American Rescue Plan (ARP) of 2021, will end on September 4, 2021. Programs that will be affected by this expiration are Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC/PEUC-A), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC). The last payable week for PUA and PEUC benefits will be the week ending September 4, 2021 regardless of an existing dollar balance or remaining eligible weeks. This Tuesday the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions along with New Mexico Higher Education Department will host a virtual town hall in regards to the scheduled end of benefits and discuss resources through Ready NM that provides job search, training programs, and information to upskill and reskill. Subject matter experts will be on hand to provide further details on what claimants can expect, answer questions, and provide information on available resources and services from other agencies.

Virtual Town Hall

WHO: New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Acting Cabinet Secretary Ricky Serna

New Mexico Higher Education Department, Secretary Stephanie Rodriguez

WHAT: End of federal pandemic Unemployment programs Town Hall for claimants that will go over additional details regarding the end of benefits, hearing from other agencies on available resources and services, and allow time for questions.

WHERE: Members of the public can register to attend the event through this link.

WHEN: 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 17, 2021

This Virtual Town Hall has a capacity limit but will be recorded and made available on the NMDWS official YouTube page at after the event.



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