The New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administration's Economic Research and Policy Bureau (ERPB) collects workers' compensation data and provides statistical and economic research for the public, the New Mexico Legislature, the Advisory Council on Workers' Compensation and Occupational Disease Disablement, and the WCA. To better inform the public and interested parties, the bureau publishes an annual report that provides a snapshot of the agency's key duties.
The NMWCA's 2021 Annual Report provides information on workplace injuries, accidents and fatalities for the 2020 year as compared to data from recent years. The number of reported injuries dropped in 2020, and the injury rate also decreased compared to 2019. Non-indemnity (medical-only) claims dropped, although indemnity claims, which represent serious workplace injuries, increased.
The NMWCA responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, and ensured data about the pandemic was incorporated into the report.
Data in the WCA's 2021 Annual Report includes a special section on the impact of COVID-19 on the workplace in New Mexico.
- The data on COVID-19's impact on the workplace in New Mexico began being collected upon the first report submitted to the agency in March 2020. From March through end of December, 2020 there were 2,605 first reports of injuries or illness (FROIs) received from carriers, self-insured employers, and third-party administrators on behalf of carriers and self-insured employers.
- In addition to FROI data, the COVID-19 data in the 2021 Annual Report details secondary reports of injuries or illness (SROIs), claims by industry, occupation, fatalities and age groups.