Research

The NMWCA'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.

View 2012-2018 New Mexico workers' compensation claims data through the Tableau interface. Pre-Tableau presentations for 2016-2019 claims data are found in the 2020 Annual Report.

Watch the training video that explains how to use the interface, found on our YouTube channel.

Sample highlights from the 2020 annual report include:

Claims Table
  • First reports of injuries or illness (FROI) continued their downward trend since 2012, reaching their lowest level of 24,298 (3.06 per 100 workers) in 2018. There were 17,698 subsequent reports of injury (SROI) in 2018, or 2.23 per 100 workers.
  • The most frequently injured parts of the body were the knee (17.2%), followed by other parts (including multiple parts not otherwise classified (NOC), 16.3%), and the back (lumbar region, 11.9%).
    The most common nature of injury was strains, sprains, tears.
    Most injuries leading to indemnity claims were caused by a fall, slip or trip, followed by strain.
  • Work-related fatalities reported to the WCA rose in 2019, continuing a gradual increase since 2017. Motor vehicles were the most common cause of occupational fatalities.
  • The average premium per $100 of payroll was $1.38 in 2019, a decrease of 4.9% compared to 2018’s final figures. Paid losses per $100 of payroll were $1.02 in 2019, a 3% increase from $0.99 in 2018.
     

To find out more about agency efforts, read the 2020 Annual Report. This report and reports from prior years are available on the Publications page.