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did I fall through the cracks when I moved to another state?

by Esther
(Las Vegas, NV)

I was getting unemployment extended benefits from new mexico but relocated to nevada. I have been denied benefits and told from NM that I cannot receive benefits unless I move back to New Mexico. I had 9 weeks left and still have not found a job in New Mexico or Nevada. Can I qualify for the remaining benefits through the Nevada unemployment office?

Hi Esther,

Would you care to be more specific about the language used in the determination which denied benefits?

I went to the USDOL to see if NM has a locality provision and I couldn't find anything that says "moving" to another state is itself a potential reason to deny benefits.

It says this:

Locality—Alabama, Michigan, Ohio, and South Carolina require that workers be available for work in a locality where their base-period wages were earned, or in a locality where similar work is available or where suitable work is normally performed. Illinois and Utah consider workers to be unavailable if, after separation
from their most recent work, they move to and remain in a locality where opportunities for work are substantially less favorable than those in the locality they left. Arizona and Utah require that, at the time they file a claim, workers be a resident of their state or of another state or foreign country that has entered into reciprocal arrangements with the state. Oregon, Utah and Virginia consider workers unavailable for work if
they leave their normal labor market area for the major portion of a week unless the worker can establish that they conducted a bona fide search for work in the labor market area where they spent the major part of the week.

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