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Governor Bill Richardson Signs Extended Emergency Unemployment Agreement

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Location: Santa Fe, NM

Governor Bill Richardson today signed an agreement with the US Department of Labor accepting a federal extension for Unemployment Insurance Benefits. The agreement extends the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 and will make more benefits available to all eligible New Mexico unemployment insurance claimants.

"I am pleased to be able to extend unemployment benefits for New Mexicans who are using this bridge to survive until they can find new employment," said Governor Bill Richardson. "These benefits will put food on the table and allow thousands of out-of-work New Mexicans to pay their rent."

Emergency unemployment compensation benefits will be available to individuals who have exhausted regular unemployment compensation under state law. Individuals who are potentially eligible will receive a letter from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions with instructions on how to re-engage their benefits.

This legislation does not add additional weeks for claimants to receive benefits; the maximum number of weeks of benefits is 99. Emergency benefits are paid by the federal government and claimants can file up until November 30, 2010.

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