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Are you physically able to work?

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Are you willing to actively look for a job?

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Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?

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Did you earn at least $ 2800 in the base period in

Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Jul 2013 - Sep 2013 to Apr 2014 - Jun 2014

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How did you lose your job?

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Did you quit your last job due to unsafe working conditions, not being paid, discrimination and / or health and safety risks?

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Were you fired for no fault of your own?

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Were you laid off for no fault of your own?

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CALL: 1-800-266-2252 to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim(Monday through Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm)

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State Name: New Hampshire

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Disclaimer: The estimates are good in faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for any loss and damages caused by using the tools on our website.
Disclaimer: The estimates are given in good faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for loss or damage caused by the tools on our website.

    State: New Hampshire (NH)
    Phone Number: 1-800-266-2252 to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim(Monday through Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm)
    File Online: https://nhuis.nh.gov/claimant/
    Major Towns: Concord City, Derry Uninc, Dover City, Keene City, Laconia City, Manchester, Nashua City, Portsmouth, and Rochester

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in New Hampshire

    New Hampshire Unemployment Questions

    What to Expect - Filing a New Claim for Benefits

    The application for unemployment benefits takes approximately 25 minutes to complete. Your application is not completed or accepted unless you receive a confirmation number. If you are disconnected or choose to leave the application before completion, you may log back on within 24 hours to resume answering the questions and finish the application. If you do not log back on within 24 hours, the incomplete application will be deleted.

    While entering information and navigating through the application, do NOT use your web browser buttons, especially the BACK button. This may cause your session to be terminated. Near the end of the claim application process, you will have the opportunity to view a complete summary of the information you have entered and return to any page to make corrections at that time.

    When to Open Your Claim?

    Your claim for benefits becomes effective the calendar week in which you complete the application. The only exception is if you work less than full-time and file your application within 3 days of your last day of work.

    If you have worked full time during a calendar week, do not open your claim during that same calendar week. You must be partially or totally unemployed to file for benefits.

    If you receive separation pay such as severance for a period of more than 30 days after your last physical day of employment, you may want to review the Amount & Duration of Benefits information provided from the link under Menu Options to determine the best time to open your claim. It may be to your advantage to open your claim immediately, or to wait and open your claim after your separation pay has been exhausted. View detailed information about the potential amount and duration of unemployment benefits, including an opportunity to look at optional scenarios for your personal situation using the link to Amount & Duration of Benefits.


    If you forget or need to change your Password or PIN
    If you live in New Hampshire or within 25 miles of a New Hampshire local office, you will need to report to the nearest NH Employment Security local office. Please bring proof of identity. If you reside in another state, call 1-800-266-2252, and speak with a Customer Service Representative. You may be asked questions to validate your identity before the department can reset your password.

    When will I get my check?

    After your initial claim is completed, it is immediately transmitted to the Benefit Adjudication Unit for processing. Your monetary eligibility is determined and a Determination of Unemployment Compensation mailed that detail your potential WBA (weekly benefit amount). This document is not a guarantee of payment. If there are questions on non-monetary eligibility conditions, you may be contacted for additional information.

    Depending on the number of questions about your claim, if any, you can expect to be contacted and/or receive a Determination of Eligibility within 30 days. If you are unemployed for any reason other than lack of work, more time may be needed to process your claim. If you are found eligible, checks will be issued for any timely weeks filed at the same time the final non-monetary eligibility determinations are made. Remember to file for weekly benefits (also known as continued claims) according to the instructions provided. You will only receive payment for continued claims that are filed timely.



    How will I know if I qualify for benefits and the amount?
    You will be mailed a Determination of Unemployment Compensation about your monetary eligibility and, if there are any questions about your claim, you will be mailed one or more Determination of Eligibility documents about your non-monetary eligibility.

    I'm unable to work because of sickness or injury. What should I do?
    If you are sick, or injured please notify us on your Continued Claim Application question number 2, During the week claimed, were you physically and mentally able to work?, by answering No. Your claim will be assigned to a certifying officer to assist you with processing your claim.

    When should I expect my first Unemployment Insurance payment?
    After your initial claim is completed, it is immediately transmitted to the Benefit Adjudication Unit for processing. Your monetary eligibility is determined and a Determination of Unemployment Compensation mailed that detail your potential WBA (weekly benefit amount). This document is not a guarantee of payment. If there are questions on non-monetary eligibility conditions, you may be contacted for additional information. Depending on the number of questions about your claim, if any, you can expect to be contacted and/or receive a Determination of Eligibility within 30 days. If you are unemployed for any reason other than lack of work, 6 more time may be needed to process your claim. If you are found eligible, checks will be issued for any timely weeks filed at the same time the final non-monetary eligibility determinations are made. Remember to file for weekly benefits (also known as continued claims) according to the instructions provided. You will only receive payment for continued claims that are filed timely.

    What happens if I move from my current address?
    If your address or telephone number changes, you must update your contact information. Your benefits may be late if you do not answer letters mailed to your address on record or do not report to an appointment. The easiest way to update your address and/or telephone number is online.

    What if I need more training in order to get a new job?
    Some of the New Hampshire Employment Security local offices have One-Stop Resource centers; they offer employment solutions for both job seekers and employers. They can provide information on job listings; economic trends; labor market and employment statistics; social and community services; and education and training opportunities


    Receiving Payment

    Your claim will be reviewed for completeness and you may be contacted to provide additional information, either by US mail, email, or by phone. Prompt and complete response to any such request is needed so that your eligibility can be determined and benefits can be issued to you as soon as possible. Your employer may also be contacted.

    Claims are processed in the order that they are received. Due to heavy claim volume, it may take up to four weeks from the first week claimed to determine eligiblity and generate payment.

    System Availability
    This system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some specific features may not be available when updates are being made to the system. Updates are primarily performed at night, after normal business hours.

    Fraud Prevention
    To prevent fraud and detect unreported earnings, NHES matches the data you provide with wage data submitted by all New Hampshire and out-of-state employers. NHES also compares state and national New Hire Reports to unemployment insurance records to ensure claimants who have returned to work full-time are no longer collecting benefits and claimants who are working part-time are reporting their wages accurately. NHES also matches your records with those of other state and federal agencies to confirm you are eligible for benefits.

Questions & Answers

  1. ricardo pena says:

    i need a phone number of your office cause i calling every day and i cant talk whit now duddy

  2. Teach says:

    If I was under a contract that was not renewed, and that contract only specified an end month and not an exact date, can I file for unemployment after my last day of work or am I considered under contract the whole month? I applied after my last work day because my work place said my contract is up after my last day. Is there any legal document I can cite at an appeal hearing to say exactly that?

  3. Tami says:

    is there such a thing as hardship benefits for those separated from thier families for over a year? Thank you.

  4. Kathy Moreau says:

    I was hoping someone could answer this question for me. My employer which is Hannaford wrongfully suspended me on July12th 2013 at 11am after 3 hours of work due to the fact I was having injury flare ups in my neck which I am covered under FMLA then called at 515 the same evening saying they had made a mistake and I need to go back to work my next scheduled shift which would have been the next day July13th.
    I have worked at the same Hannaford I have the injury from for 7years, I am very emotionally distressed over this matter.
    Would I qualify for unemployment on short term basis if I do not return? Which I have not return since that day.

  5. Jacki says:

    I was on Maine unemployment last year but have been working in New Hampshire this year. I just got fired yesterday. does my unemployment payments from last year count as “wages” toward a claim now?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Jacki,
      What you received as unemployment payments are mostly not considered as earnings. You will have to file for unemployment in New Hampshire at the earliest to know if you qualify.

  6. Frank says:

    My wife got laid off. She broke her elbow in a fall. Is she eligible for unemployment benefits while recovering.?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Frank,

      In order to receive unemployment benefits, a person must be able to and available to work. This is one of the many requirements. If she is unable to work, she cannot claim unemployment benefits. Please check if she can receive disability benefits.

  7. susan says:

    I got layed off after 16 years for same co. my benefit statement said I was good for one year but my aact only had 6 months of funds do I need to requalify after 6 months. thought I would have a job by now but it is not to promising yet

  8. Jason says:

    I am only 17 and have lost my job, can I apply for UCB?

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