Usually most self-employed people or independent contractors aren’t eligible for unemployment but the recent stimulus package expands unemployment insurance to self-employed workers and independent contractors. The bill extends unemployment benefits for 13 more weeks and also includes an additional $600 a week on top of state unemployment benefits for up to four months. The rate of state pay may be less for self-employed, independent contractors, and freelance workers. Not everyone who is self-employed will qualify for unemployment, but it does make it an option for many more people. Also eligible for unemployment: anyone who becomes sick and is ordered to be quarantined.
Here’s how to do it in New Mexico:

Important information from @NMDWS today to streamline the filing system for unemployment insurance:

PLEASE start by filing online at if you are able. This ensures that those who can’t get online can still access their resources via the phone lines.

If you’re calling the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center, you will have a designated day to call based on the last number of your Social Security Number:

0 – 3 : Monday
4 – 6 : Tuesday
7 – 9 : Wednesday
Missed your day: Thursday and Friday

Filing later in the week will not delay payments or affect the date of an individual’s claim – all claims are effective on the Sunday of the week in which they are filed. The Operations Center is available Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please be kind and patient with Workforce Solutions staff. They are working around the clock to assist New Mexicans during this trying time.

Remember: the most efficient method to file for unemployment insurance is online at

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