ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Jobless New Mexicans will be able to apply online for unemployment benefits under a new state system that will be launched in early January.

The Workforce Solutions Department said the computer system also will help employers by allowing them to electronically submit required wage reports as well as pay taxes and track their accounts.

The system will be launched Jan. 6, and is intended to eliminate the use of mail for much of the business involving unemployment compensation.

People seeking or receiving unemployment benefits can go online rather than using a toll-free number to speak to one of the department's customer service agents.

State officials say the online system should reduce fraud, including helping to catch when people receive jobless benefits while still working.