Applying for New Hampshire Unemployment Benefits

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Visit your Local NHWORKS Office to Connect with Hiring Employers

Visit your Local NHWORKS Office to Connect with Hiring Employers

All NHWORKS offices are open 8:00AM - 4:30PM Monday through Friday to assist all members of the public in connecting with hiring employers, learning about available training programs as well as assisting with unemployment claims. See the full list of NHWORKS offices for the location closest to you.

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Virtual Connections with Hiring Employers

Virtual Connections with Hiring Employers

Unable to visit your Local NHWORKS Jobs Center, search for job opportunities online by going to the Job Match System. Quick search for jobs by region or occupation by using the NHJOBS Portal. Attend an upcoming Virtual Job Fair.

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Filing for Unemployment Benefits - Work Search Requirements - Making Connections with Hiring Employers

Filing for Unemployment Benefits - Work Search Requirements - Making Connections with Hiring Employers

  • All individuals filing for unemployment benefits are required to conduct a weekly work search in order to be eligible. This includes contacting hiring employers and completing other activities that will assist you in your efforts to find new employment.
  • Make sure to attend your scheduled workshops and meetings with NHES to learn more about searching for work and quickly finding new employment.
  • Job Fairs are a great way to connect with hiring employers. Attend an upcoming in person or virtual hiring event. Learn more and register by going to
  • Connect with hiring employers by using the NHJOBS Recruitment Portal. Learn more by going to
  • Your NHWORKS Jobs Center is open to provide in person assistance Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 4:30PM to help with answering any of your unemployment related questions and for assistance with how to connect with employers and training opportunities. See the full list of Office Locations.
  • If you cannot make it to your local NHWORKS Jobs Center you can call the Employment Hotline (603) 271-7700. Trained agents stand ready to assist Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.
Frequently Asked Questions
  • I need help finding a new job. What are the resources available to me through the state?

    The State of New Hampshire has launched a new jobs portal to assist job seekers connect with hiring employers located right here in New Hampshire. You can either go directly to the new jobs portal at or just click the above button for ‘Covid-19 Response Recruitment’.

  • Weekly Work Search Requirements

    • The department requires claim filers to conduct a weekly work search as a condition for being considered eligible for unemployment benefits.
    • This requirement includes contacting hiring employers as well as conducting reemployment activities designed to prepare you for returning to work.
    • More information on meeting weekly search requirements is provided during the orientation workshop.
    • Some claim filers will be exempt from the work search requirement due to the circumstances of their unemployment. You should proceed as if required to satisfactorily complete a weekly work search as a condition for being eligible for benefits unless notified otherwise.
    • Please monitor your correspondence for additional information.
  • How do I check the status of my claim?

    You will be mailed a Determination of Unemployment Compensation about your monetary eligibility and, if there are any questions about your claim, you will be mailed one or more Determination of Eligibility documents about your non-monetary eligibility. This review can take time to process. You can check the status of your claim and review any notices or determinations issued to you by logging into your Workforce Connect account and clicking on the File for Benefits button to access your claim information.

  • It says ‘Paid’, where is my money?

    Unemployment benefits will be paid based on the preference you chose; either via direct deposit or paper check. Once the system shows that payment(s) have been issued, these payments still need to be sent either via the USPS if you chose mail or through your banking institution if you chose direct deposit.

  • What if I moved since collecting unemployment benefits?

    The U.S. Postal Service will not forward mail from this Agency to a claimant’s new address. For security reasons, the postal service returns all undeliverable mail to NH Employment Security. Please update your address immediately by going online and logging into your unemployment benefit account. You can also immediately access and print your own Form 1099-G from your unemployment benefit account.

  • I haven't received payment yet?

    After your initial claim is completed, it is immediately transmitted for processing. Your monetary eligibility is determined and a Determination of Unemployment Compensation is mailed that details your potential weekly benefit amount. This document is not a guarantee of payment. If there are questions on non-monetary eligibility conditions, you may be contacted for additional information. Depending on the number of questions about your claim, then this will determine the length of time it will take to process your claim. If you are found eligible, payments will be issued for any timely weeks filed at the same time the final non-monetary eligibility determinations are made. Remember to file for weekly benefits for all weeks you wish to claim for.

  • I can’t open a notification, what do I do?

    Please ensure that you are checking your correspondence regularly. Usually, if you are unable to open correspondence, this means that the time within which to respond has expired and the issue has been resolved. When attempting to review notifications regarding an unemployment claim, make sure that you have logged into Workforce Connect and then clicked on the File for Benefits button. You should then be prompted to enter the location from which you are accessing the site and then hit proceed. You can view your notifications from this site regarding your unemployment claim.

  • What if I need a Form 1099-G from a prior calendar year?

    Form 1099-Gs issued from 2009 through 2019 are available online by logging into the unemployment benefit system and going to your correspondence box.  If you need a Form 1099-G for a year prior to 2009 please contact the Unemployment Hotline at (603) 271-7700 and speak with a customer service representative.

  • Where do I send my DD214s?

    If you were to receive a document requesting a copy of your DD214, the request would have information listed as to where to send the information.

  • What action do I need to take when I see red notices?

    A notice with a red envelope next to it indicates that there is a deadline to respond to the notice. This could mean that there are fact-finding questions to be responded to by a certain date or if the notice is a determination, it means that the date listed as an action needed by date is the deadline to file a timely appeal if you were to disagree with the determination.

  • What are the hours for the Unemployment Hotline (603) 271-7700:

    Agents stand ready on the UNEMPLOYMENT HOTLINE to answer your questions. The hotline number is (603) 271-7700. The hours of operation for the hotline are currently the following:

    • Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
    • Saturday CLOSED
    • Sunday CLOSED
  • How do I report the amount of benefits I repaid?

    For questions on how to report benefits repaid during 2020 please refer to IRS Publication 525.