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Thu October 24, 2013

Workforce Solutions Dept. Requests Funding Increase

Credit New Mexico Department for Workforce Solutions

The state agency that runs New Mexico's unemployment insurance program says it needs more money to handle its workload.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Workforce Solutions Department is requesting an additional $11.4 million of state funding.

The agency says more business owners and unemployed workers are using its new federally financed computer system and that it needs to offset a decrease in federal funding.

Approximately $8 million of the $11.4 million would be used to operate and maintain the system.

Workforce Solutions Secretary Celina Bussey says the unemployment insurance system is working smoothly.

However, Bussey acknowledges that applicants sometimes must wait an hour to talk to somebody on Mondays.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal. 

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