Unemployment Benefits in New Hampshire

Jobcase Team
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Welcome to the Jobcase resource center for unemployment in New Hampshire. If you are here, you are probably trying to figure out your unemployment benefits to keep you afloat during this challenging time. Applying for unemployment benefits can be complicated, so we put together these resources to help you navigate.

What is it called?

The State of New Hampshire’s Department of Employment Security runs the state’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program.


The fastest way to file a claim is online. To start your initial claim, click here.

Because of the high volume of filings, claimants are assigned a block of time to file their claim based on the first letter of your last name:

Day Block1st Letter of Last NameTime Range to File Online
Monday / TuesdayA - FMonday 12am - 12pm
Monday / TuesdayG - MMonday 12pm - 12am
Monday / TuesdayN - STuesday 12am - 12pm
Monday / TuesdayT - ZTuesday 12pm - 12am
Wednesday / ThursdayA - FWednesday 12am - 12pm
Wednesday / ThursdayG - MWednesday 12pm - 12am
Wednesday / ThursdayN - SThursday 12am - 12pm
Wednesday / ThursdayT - ZThursday 12pm - 12am
FridayA - LFriday 12am - 12pm
FridayM - ZFriday 12pm - 12am
SaturdayA - LSaturday 12am - 12pm
SaturdayM - ZSaturday 12pm - 12am
SundayA - FSunday 12am - 10am
SundayG - MSunday 10am - 2pm
SundayN - SSunday 2pm - 6pm
SundayT - ZSunday 6pm - 12am

By Phone

Due to COVID-19, all offices are closed and phone inquiries should be made to the Unemployment Assistance Hotline: 603-271-7700.

Info you need to apply

To apply for unemployment, you need to provide personal information including:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Address (mailing and home address)
  • Telephone Number
  • Email Address
  • Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Amount of separation, holiday, sick, or retirement pay you received or will receive
  • Military Form DD-214, member 4 copy (if you were in the military in the past year)
  • Form SF-8 (if you worked for the Federal government in the past year)

You will also need the following for each employer you worked for in the past 18 months:

  • Complete name and address the employer (including zip code)
  • Payroll address if different
  • Employer's telephone number (including area code)
  • Beginning and ending dates of employment (day, month and year)
  • Number of hours worked and pay rate if you worked this week (including Sunday)
  • Reason why you are no longer working for the employer.

Good luck, we're here to help! Information is changing quickly. Please consult the state's applicable website provided above to be sure the information is valid.

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