The continual loosening of the state's COVID-19-related business restrictions in the past month are reflected in the number of new claims for unemployment benefits — the lowest in a full year.

For the third straight week, initial claims for standard unemployment insurance benefits were below 3,000 statewide for the week ending March 20, according to New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.

Initial claims for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance by self-employed, contract and gig workers remained above 1,700 for the second week, the highest level since late July, Workforce Solutions data shows.

The statewide unemployment rate dropped to 4.09 percent for the week ending March 13, the lowest rate since the beginning of the pandemic. The rate has been below 5 percent since Feb. 6, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

New Mexico weekly unemployment claims since March 8

March 14-20: 2,418 (1,774 self-employed federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance)

March 7-13: 2,690 (1,766)

Feb. 28-March 6: 2,338 (1,419)

Feb. 21-27: 3,150 (1,185)

Feb. 14-20: 3,143 (1,227)

Feb. 7-13: 3,407 (1,429)

Jan. 31-Feb. 6: 3,709 (1,282)

Jan. 24-30: 4,527 (1,063)

Jan. 17-23: 4,608 (1,344)

Jan. 10-16: 6,402 (1,630)

Jan. 3-9: 11,514 (432)

Dec. 27-Jan. 2: 4,081 (temporarily discontinued)

Dec. 20-26: 3,587 (655)

Dec. 13-19: 4,802 (1,128)

Dec. 6- 12: 5,100 (1,321)

Nov. 29-Dec. 5: 7,959 (1,631)

Nov. 22-28: 8,337 (1,398)

Nov. 15-21: 12,159 (1,622)

Nov. 8-14: 5,034 (1,010)

Nov. 1-7: 3,848 (985)

Oct. 25-31: 4,209 (1,122)

Oct. 18-24: 3,818 (1,191)

Oct. 11-17: 3,641 (1,138)

Oct. 4-10: 3,918 (965)

Sept. 27-Oct 3: 3,314 (1,224)

Sept. 20-26: 3,067 (1,279)



Sept. 13-19: 3,314 (1,374)

Sept. 6-12: 3,048 (1,270)

Aug. 30-Sept. 5: 3,357 (1,264)

Aug. 23-29: 3,410 (1,434)

Aug 16-22: 3,725 (1,547)

Aug. 9-15: 4,175 (1,626)

Aug. 2-8: 4,359 (1,576)

July 26-Aug. 1: 5,117 (2,631)

July 19-25: 6,402 (3,649)

July 12-18: 6,881 (3,270)

July 5-11: 5,758 (2,661)

June 28-July 4: 4,935 (2,527)

June 21-27: 4,435 (2,131)

June 14-20: 4,236 (2,059)

June 7-13: 4,536 (2,091)

May 31-June 6: 5,290 (2,327)

May 24-30: 6,672 (2,437)

May 17-23: 9,524 (3,141)

May 10-16: 7,356 (3,253)

May 3-9: 8,024 (4,714)

April 26-May 2: 13,675 (17,850)

April 19-25: 12,093 (66)

April 12-18: 13,621

April 5-11: 19,043

March 29-April 4: 26,132

March 22-28: 27,849

March 15-21: 18,105

March 8-14: 869

Source: New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions

New Mexico unemployment rate on March 13: 4.09 percent, down .09 percentage point from prior week.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

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