New Mexico's unemployment insurance system will be down most of next week as the state prepares to launch its new system.
State labor officials are encouraging people to file claims and certify for benefits by Monday. The new system is scheduled to launch Jan. 6.
Officials say the system should reduce fraud and eliminate the use of mail for much of the business involving unemployment compensation.
Jobless New Mexicans will be able to apply online for unemployment benefits. Employers will be able to electronically submit required wage reports as well as pay taxes and track their accounts.
Officials say New Mexico is the only state to simultaneously launch an integrated unemployment insurance tax and claims system with 36 months.
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