If you've recently lost your job in New Hampshire, you may be eligible for New Hampshire Unemployment Insurance benefits. This is a guide to filing your claim for New Hampshire unemployment benefits. Since each situation may have its own unique circumstances, make sure you check with the contact numbers and websites listed below to make sure you get the maximum benefits you can claim.
Filing for Unemployment:
Unemployed New Hampshire workers can file an initial claim for unemployment benefits one of two ways:
- Online – File your initial unemployment claim online
- Telephone – File your unemployment claim by telephone 800-266-2252 (665-1500 in Manchester).
Make sure you have the following information for your initial claim:
- Name, address & phone
- SSN & date of birth
- Name, address, phone number, gross earnings, dates worked, and reason for separation for all employers for the past 18 months
- If you were discharged from the military in the last 18 months, you'll need Copy #4 of your DD Form 214
- If you were a Federal employee in the last 18 months, you'll need SF 8 or SF 50 (or W2 or pay stubs)
- If you are not a US Citizen, you'll need your Alien Registration Number, expiration, and type
- Severance, accrued holiday/sick, or retirement pay you will receive
Don't delay - file your initial claim within 3 (three) business days of your last day worked, no later than the last day of the first week that you are filing for unemployment benefits.
After your initial filing, you will receive a Determination of Eligibility notice that will give some basic information on the status of your claim.
Filing Your Weekly Claim:
New Hampshire weekly unemployment benefits based on your average wages, minimum $32 per week, up to a maximum $427 per week. Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) currently adds an additional $25 per week to your benefit.
Unemployed New Hampshire workers can file weekly unemployment claims one of four ways:
- Online – File your weekly unemployment claim online
- Telephone – File your weekly unemployment claim by telephone: 800-266-2252 (665-1500 in Manchester)
- In Person – Go to your local NH Employment Security office to complete a paper claim
- Mail – Mail a Continued Claim form to 300 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH 03303
Beware of the Waiting Week. Your first week of benefits is called a "waiting week" – this means you will not be paid benefits during your first week of eligibility, but you must still file a claim to get credit for waiting.
New Hampshire unemployment benefits are paid by check. You should expect your first benefit payment within 30 days after you have filed your initial claim. You should anticipate your ongoing benefit payments within 7 days after filing your weekly unemployment benefits claim.
Career counseling, Training, or allowances may be available to unemployed New Hampshire workers. Talk to a local Hew Hampshire Employment Services counselor for details.
Filing for extensions:
If an extended benefit period is declared, based on unemployment rates and it appears that you qualify, you will be notified with instructions to extend your unemployment benefits.
When you return to work, file for credit for the remaining few days you didn't work, and report wages earned for the week. Then, just stop filing - when you stop weekly filing, your unemployment benefits automatically end.
Make sure to keep a copy of your work search record. You may be required to supply copies to the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security office.