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May 14, 2021 – New Mexico’s Department of Workforce Solutions is reinstating the job search requirement that it put on hold during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that businesses are reopening and expanding, those receiving unemployment support will again have to prove that they are actively seeking work. The Line opinion panelists discuss the timing of the new ruling, the worker shortage, and the shortage of living wage jobs. 

Host: 
Gene Grant 

The Line Opinion Panel: 
Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert   
Dan Foley, former House minority whip 
Laura Sanchez, attorney 

For More Information: 
New Mexico Reinstates Work Search Requirement for Recipients of Unemployment Benefits – Albuquerque Business First 
Workforce Solutions Going Back to Work Search Requirement for Benefits KRQE 
New Mexico to Require Job Searches for Unemployment Benefits Associated Press 
Worker Shortage Causes Problems for New Mexico Businesses KOB 4