New Hampshire Unemployment Insurance Benefits

New Hampshire’s Unemployment Compensation Bureau issues unemployment insurance benefits to eligible New Hampshire claimants who have become unemployed – or even underemployed – through no fault of their own. Benefits can be claimed by employees of private industry, plus those who work in state and local governments

The program is funded by state taxes on employers. No funds for the state unemployment program are taken from employee earnings.

New Hampshire Unemployment Services

Websitehttps://www.nhes.nh.gov
Phone800-266-2252
Apply OnlineFile an Initial Claim
Weekly CertificationFile a Continued Claim
Appeal a Denialhttps://www.nhes.nh.gov/appeals
Find a Local Officehttps://www.nhes.nh.gov/locations/index.htm
Report Fraudhttps://www.nhes.nh.gov/contact/ui-fraud.htm
Coronavirus Updateshttps://www.unemploymentbenefits.nh.gov

How To Qualify for New Hampshire Unemployment Benefits

No final determination about claimant eligibility can be made until after the initial claim is submitted. To qualify for UI benefits, New Hampshire job seekers must typically meet the following criteria:

  • The claimant must be completely or partially unemployed through no fault of his or her own
  • The claimant must be registered for work unless specifically exempted
  • The claimant must be available to accept full-time work during all shifts and hours appropriate to the claimant’s work
  • The claimant must be physically and mentally able to work
  • The claimant must actively be searching for work

You must be actively looking for work in order to collect unemployment benefits in the state of New Hampshire.

Benefit Payments and Duration

Base PeriodFirst 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
Alt Base PeriodLast 4 completed quarters
Duration of BenefitsWeekly PaymentMaximum Benefits Amount (1 year)
MinMax
26 weeks$32$427$11,102

How To Apply for New Hampshire Unemployment Benefits

As soon as you become unemployed or have work hours significantly reduced, you should file a new claim for unemployment assistance with the New Hampshire Unemployment Compensation Bureau. You may complete this process online or by visiting the nearest New Hampshire Employment Security office, where you may file your new claim using a computer in a Resource Center. 

When you visit New Hampshire’s online center for claims, you’ll find easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for completing your claim for unemployment compensation benefits.

Please note that you will need to create an account in New Hampshire’s Workforce Connect online platform. Once you have done so, you can use this same account to submit your unemployment claim, check on its status, and submit your weekly benefits claims.

How Do I Manage My Unemployment Benefits?

Throughout the full duration of your UI benefits, you need to file a weekly claim to certify that you still meet eligibility requirements. For each week you want to receive benefits, you must answer questions about your work search activity, report any money you earned, and report any job offers you received and refused.

You can file your weekly claim online. You’ll be able to use the same account you created to submit your initial claim. Follow the step-by-step instructions within the portal to help you submit your weekly claim. Your submitted answers to the weekly questions help the state of New Hampshire verify that you have continued eligibility for receiving UI benefits.

Filing an Appeal

You may request an appeal if you disagree with the determination about your initial unemployment claim. Any appeal should be submitted in writing within 14 calendar days of the date your letter of determination was mailed. Your letter of determination also will include specific steps you should take to submit your request for appeal.

Appeal decisions are administered by New Hampshire’s Appeal Tribunal Unit, which may ask you to participate in an appeals hearing before issuing an updated decision.

Reporting Fraud

Unemployment fraud, including identity theft and benefit overpayment, lessens the integrity of the New Hampshire UI benefits system and may keep vital financial benefits out of the hands of those who need them the most. 

If you suspect someone of UI benefits fraud, you can report your concerns to the New Hampshire Unemployment Compensation Bureau through any of the following methods:

Phone: 800-852-3400, Ext. 84016

Online: Use the e-form for reporting potential unemployment insurance fraud

New Hampshire Unemployment Office Locations

NH Unemployment Office - Conway518 White Mountain Highway
Conway, NH 03818-4205
603-447-5924
NH Unemployment Office - Keene149 Emerald Street Suite Y
Keene, NH 03431
603-352-1904
NH Unemployment Office - Laconia426 Union Avenue
Laconia, NH 03246
603-524-3960
NH Unemployment Office - Littleton646 Union Street Suite 100
Littleton, NH 03561
603-444-2971
NH Unemployment Office - Manchester300 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104
603-627-7841
NH Unemployment Office - Nashua6 Townsend West
Nashua, NH 03063
603-882-5177
NH Unemployment Office - Portsmouth2000 Lafayette Road
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-436-3702
NH Unemployment Office - Salem29 South Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
603-893-9185
NH Unemployment Office - Somersworth6 Marsh Brook Drive
Somersworth, NH 03878
603-742-3600