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New Hampshire Unemployment Eligibility Information

We are an online resource to help answer your questions, check eligibility and assist in applying for Unemployment. You will also be advised if you qualify for additional benefit programs and receive our benefit guide.

Eligibility for Unemployment in New Hampshire

 

Receiving New Hampshire unemployment benefits is based on how an employee separated from his or her company. In order to qualify for unemployment, the petitioner may not have lost the job due to it being his or her own fault. Candidates are not eligible for unemployment insurance in NH if they quit or were fired for a disciplinary reason. While these benefits are meant to help an unemployed individual during the time they are actively looking for new employment, the amount issued to qualifying candidates is based on the taxes paid by the former employer. Fault is determined by the NH Employment Department, not by the previous employer. Unemployment benefits are only given to an individual for a certain amount of time. In order to receive benefits, the UI petitioner must complete an application online or visit a resource center.

Review the following sections to find out how to qualify for unemployment:

•    Who Qualifies for Unemployment in New Hampshire

•    Unemployment Requirements and Qualifications in New Hampshire

Who Qualifies for Unemployment in New Hampshire

 

The NH qualifications for unemployment are based on the petitioner’s unemployment status. To meet eligibility for unemployment in New Hampshire, an applicant must be totally or partially unemployed by no fault of his or her own.  To be considered partially unemployed, an employee must be working less than full-time for any week in which he or she would normally expect to work full-time. Furthermore, totally unemployed status stipulates that no wages were paid and no services were performed. 

 

Unemployment Requirements in New Hampshire

 

What are the requirements to get unemployment? Of the many stipulations set forth to receive unemployment benefits in NH, the unemployed individual must be actively seeking out employment opportunities, unless exempted. An individual is automatically registered when they file a new application for unemployment insurance. Candidates must maintain current and correct information in the Job Match System (JMS), and periodically log in to the JMS. In addition, NH claimants must be actively searching for work and be available to work full-time.  When actively looking for work, petitioners must keep a list of employer contacts made. Also take note of any networking events or other job activities in which the candidate has participated. Full-time employment is typically referred to as work completed between 35 and 40 hours per week. New Hampshire eligibility for unemployment also requires individuals to be physically and mentally able to work. Employment Security may select unemployment applicants to participate in re-employment services. 

Once an applicant has filed an unemployment claim, the Job Match system offers several re-employment services. To help reduce the time a candidate receives unemployment in NH, the JMS has several features including a resume and cover letter builder. A claimant can also look for and apply to jobs matching his or her qualifications and skills.  There is also the NHES Networking Group, which is a way for professionals to network and help each other with business opportunities. There are other services such as job fairs and training, and the Career One Stop is a U.S Department of Labor sponsored resource to help with employment and educational tools. Resource centers are another key part in the re-employment process because they provide individuals with job boards; personal and career exploration software. There are also staff coordinators to answers any questions and help with the unemployment EDD application.

New Hampshire Unemployment insurance eligibility also requires the claimant to disclose any child support payments or overpaid food stamp benefits he or she has received.  Unemployment Insurance petitioners must file benefits claims in a timely manner. Once qualifying candidates are receiving benefits, reporting is required on a weekly basis. Beneficiaries must also report any instance in which they refused work or are referred to work. 

A petitioner will be notified if he or she is eligible for unemployment insurance after an initial claim has been filed. The previous employer will be informed that a claim for benefits has been initiated. Note that meeting eligibility for EDD does not guarantee payment. To receive unemployment benefits, the candidate must have earned a specified amount of wages for a certain duration of time in covered employment. Covered employment is defined as any work done for employers who are under the New Hampshire Unemployment Compensation Law.  Most NH employers are covered under this law. 

Veterans receive priority for service regarding unemployment insurance benefits, placement services and training in any Department of Labor funded workforce program. This also includes spouses of eligible veterans. Priority of service means that if resources are limited, veterans would receive access prior to, or instead of other candidates.