New Hampshire Unemployment Benefits
Are you physically able to work?
Are you willing to actively look for a job?
Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?
Did you earn at least $2800 in the base period in New Hampshire?
Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Jan 2012 - Mar 2012 to Oct 2012 - Dec 2012
How did you lose your job?
Did you quit your last job due to unsafe working conditions, not being paid, discrimination and / or health and safety risks?
Were you fired for no fault of your own?
Were you laid off for no fault of your own?
Applying online is the easiest and fastest way to claim benefits. Check for more specific details such as timings and requirements to claim benefits in your state.
CALL: 1-800-266-2252 to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim(Monday through Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm)
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You can’t seem to find assistance on call? No worries. Visit one of the UC center and let the specialist help you out. Please note that wait times can be longer but assistance is guaranteed.
you are not eligible
What is the Eligibility Criteria in New Hampshire?
There are some basic rules for eligibility. Even if you meet some of these rules partially, you should still apply for unemployment because state offices make a reasonable attempt to process your claim, as long as you provide a good justification.
To learn more check unemployment eligibility article
A "base period" is four consecutive calendar quarters that fall within the 18 month period before establishing a new benefit year.Claim your benefits
How to File Your Initial Claim in New Hampshire?
If You Are Not a United States Citizen
You must give verification that you were legally eligible to work in your state and that you are presently eligible to begin a new job.
How to File Your Weekly Claim?
After you file your application for unemployment benefits, you must start filing your weekly claims. You require filing each week, even though you are:
You can file your weekly claim:
File every week that you want to claim benefits and keep on filing until you go back to work, run out of benefits or stop seeking work. You should claim at least one week before we can make a decision on your eligibility.
How to Claim for an Extension?
If you are presently filing weekly claims for unemployment benefits; carry on filing your weekly claim if you are jobless or working reduced hours. You will be informed by mail of your eligibility for the added benefits.
In case you have been filing weekly claims and are still laid off or working reduced hours, you will have to file an application for these extra benefits online or by telephone. You will be alerted by mail of your eligibility for the additional benefits.
To be eligible for EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits you must:
To be eligible for EB benefits you must:
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
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.
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.
How Benefits are calculated?
To calculate your weekly benefits amount click here
The minimum benefits amount in New Hampshire is $32.
The maximum benefits amount in New Hampshire is $427
A "base period" is four consecutive calendar quarters that fall within the 18 month period before establishing a new benefit year.
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