Unemployment – Originally intended to provide a safety net for those temporarily out of work, Unemployment Compensation has been expanded as a government benefit program. The Federal Government has determined how this program will work, but it does not pay for the program. Those in the program are able to receive compensation for as long as two years without accepting work. If it operated according to the original design, people would be required to actually go back to work and not just document that they simply visited potential employers. The motivation to find work has been removed. The New Mexico unemployment rate is higher than all but two other states, and this unfunded mandate hurts all New Mexicans.