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New Hampshire Unemployment

When you become unemployed in the state of New Hampshire, you may be eligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits. These benefits consist of weekly payments that will help you during the time you remain unemployed and are calculated based on your previous earnings.

To be eligible to receive benefits, you have to be unemployed through no fault of your own. Being laid off for misconduct, absences or other reasons not attributable to your employer or work, automatically disqualifies you from receiving unemployment insurance benefits. In order to remain eligible you will have to file a claim for each week you are unemployed, remain able and available to work, and continue searching for a job every week. You will be asked to provide a list of all your work search contacts on your weekly claim.

If you are not unemployed but your hours were drastically reduced, you may still qualify to receive unemployment insurance benefits, although the Weekly Benefit Amount will be less than if you were unemployed.

You must open a claim as soon as your hours get cut or become unemployed by accessing the following website: Subsequent claims should also be filed using this system. You must register for the website first in order to submit your claim. If you don’t have Internet access, you can visit the nearest Resource Center to file your claim online. There is a list of locations available at:

The claim week extends from Sunday to Saturday. If you become unemployed on a Thursday or Friday you have to make your initial claim the following Sunday or Monday. Your continued weekly claims have to be filed the week following the one in which you filed your initial claim. Your initial claim should be filed within the next three business days of your last day worked.

For your initial claim you will have to provide your full name and address, Social Security Number, information about your quarterly earnings, previous employers, and the reasons why you are not currently working. It is also recommended that you keep a list of your work search contacts since you will be asked to provide specific information about them when you file your continued weekly claims.

Providing false or inaccurate information in order to qualify for benefits will be considered fraud. Try to organize all your documents before filing your claim to prevent involuntary mistakes.

Foreign applicants will be requested to enter an Alien Registration Number. If you have served in the military during the past 12 months, you will need to mail a copy of your DD-214, member 4 copy to New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES), 32 South Main Street. Concord, NH. 03301.

In New Hampshire, the maximum Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) you can receive is $427 per week for total unemployment, and the minimum is $32. The Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA) you will be able to collect is 26 times your WBA during one full year of unemployment.

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