New Hampshire Unemployment Eligibility Requirements

Get the New Hampshire unemployment eligibility requirements. Find out how to file your unemployment claim in New Hampshire online or by phone using the information below. If you still have questions or issues about applying for New Hampshire unemployment benefits then contact the New Hampshire unemployment office.

New Hampshire Unemployment Eligibility
In order to be eligible for unemployment compensation, you must meet the following requirements in each week:

  • You must be totally or partially unemployed. You are totally unemployed for any week in which you did not perform any work and for which you have no wages payable to you. Self-Employment is work and must be reported when you file claims. Work for spouses and/or children, whether compensated or not, must also be reported
  • You must register for work to be eligible for benefits, unless you have been specifically exempted. Use the Job Match System at and click on the \u201dJob Seeker/Employers Job Match \u201dbutton to enter your Application
  • You must be available for full-time work* (with limited exceptions) on all shifts* and during all the hours when the work you are qualified to do is normally performed.*
  • You must be able to perform full-time work*
  • You must actively look for full-time work* and keep a list of employers you contact about a job. Each week, you must try to find work on your own by contacting employers who are likely to have work in your usual occupation. If you cannot find work in your regular occupation, you are expected to look for work in other occupations for which you are qualified. If you are only partially employed, you must make a continuing effort to find full-time work
  • You must file timely claims for benefits
  • You must participate in Re-employment Services if selected by NH Employment Security
  • You must disclose whether or not you are required to make child support payments, or whether you owe an uncollected over-issuance of food stamp coupons
  • You must report any refusals of work

How do I file for unemployment benefits in New Hampshire?
To file your unemployment claim online, go to

To be timely for your first week of unemployment, you must file your initial claim within 3 business days of becoming unemployed. For filing purposes you are considered to be unemployed on the last day you actually work or on the day your work hours are significantly reduced. If you have worked full time during a week, do not open your claim that week. Open your claim the following Sunday through Saturday period. Example: Your last day of work was Friday, April 9, 2004 and you worked a full week. Open your claim between Sunday, April 11 and Saturday, April 17.

If you receive separation pay such as severance for a period of more than 30 days after your last physical day of employment, you may want to review the Amount and Duration of Benefits information provided on this website to determine the best time to open your claim. To be timely, the claim must be initiated no later than the last calendar day of the first week for which you wish to file for benefits. Your claim is effective the calendar week it is opened.

Calculating unemployment benefits and how long do unemployment benefits last?
Payments for unemployment benefits can vary from state to state, but calculating how much you will receive is simple enough to figure out for yourself. Most states determine weekly benefits using the base period quarter in which wages are highest, called the High-Quarter Method. The remaining states might use multiple methods based off the Annual-Wage Method to the Average-Weekly-Wage Formula. Because the High-Quarter Method is the most common method of computing benefits, you may be able to use this to help you determine your unemployment benefits.

How can I estimate my unemployment benefit amount?
The period that the wage earner worked closes to full time is called the high quarter. This is the period in which wages were the highest. Take the amount earned during that quarter and divide by 13, which is the number of weeks in a calendar quarter. The state determines the percentage of that wage that will be replaced. The weekly wage is divided and the weekly benefit is calculated based on the weekly wage. Depending on the state you live in, the benefit amount may replace one half of the average weekly earnings.

How long do unemployment benefits last?
After the unemployment benefits have been calculated, your state will determine the duration of benefits. Several states establish uniform durations of 26 weeks for all workers who meet qualifying wage requirements, while other states have the flexibility to assign benefits lasting anywhere from 26 to 30 weeks.

This page provides general information about applying for New Hampshire unemployment benefits. The eligibility requirements in New Hampshire may change from time to time, we highly recommend that if you cannot find the information you are looking for on this page that you contact the New Hampshire unemployment office. They should be able to assist you with your questions or issues about your unemployment claims.