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File My Initial Claim

Use this option if you haven't submitted a claim in this unemployment period.

Steps To Begin

If you’re ready, begin your claim by clicking on the “Register or Login” button. If you need instructions, please refer to the step-by-step guide below. 


What you should have ready:
  • Social Security Number
  • Alien Registration Number and Expiration Date (If not a U.S. Citizen)
  • Name, address and phone number of all employers you have worked for in the last 18 months
  • DD 214 available if you were in the military during the last 18 months
  • Direct deposit information if that is your payment preference

Step By Step Instructions

How to File an Initial Claim

Watch as we show you a step by step process on how to file your new initial claim and hot to avoid some common mistakes.

Length: 4:06 | Transcript: How to File an Initial Claim

Step 1: Click “Create New Account”

You will be creating a new account in Workforce Connect. Workforce Connect is a gateway for accessing the system where you will file a claim for Unemployment Benefits. After clicking the blue “REGISTER” button above, you will be taken here. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see this section, and select “Create New Account.” 

Step 2: Read The Statements Thoroughly and Click “I Agree”

You will be presented with the Release of Information and Equal Opportunity Statement page. Please read them and then select “I Agree” at the bottom. Note: Make sure your cursor is inside the text area so you are able to scroll through the information, and down to these buttons. 

Step 3: Create An Account & Remember Your Security Q&A’s!

Enter your information. DON’T FORGET YOUR SECURITY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS you will need them later. When you’re done, select “Previous” to change your answers if something is incorrect, or select “Submit Account” if it all looks good. When complete, select “Finish.”

Step 4: On the Welcome Screen, Click “Login”

You should be taken to the “Welcome Screen.” Once there, click “Login.” This button will take you back to the “Hi there!!” screen where you will be asked to login again.

Step 5: Select “File for Benefits” on The Dashboard

Once you have logged in, you will land on the “New Hampshire’s Workforce Connect Dashboard.” From here, you will select “File for Benefits.” This dashboard is also where you will go to access any of your claim or job search information. 

Step 6: Select Your Location

Next, you will land on the “Unemployment Insurance System (NHUIS)” page. From here, select the location from the drop-down menu on the left and then select “Proceed.” 

Step 7: Click the link “Apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits”

In the “File For Benefits” box, select “Apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits.” Once you’ve clicked this link, there will be a pop-up alert that you will need to read carefully, then click “YES” at the bottom of the box.

Step 8: Initial Claim Application

You have now arrived at your Initial Claim Application. Make sure you accurately answer all the questions, as they affect your claim. Select “Next” to move through each of the five steps. 

Step 9: Review & Certify

Check the box that states you have reviewed all of the information that you provided for accuracy and then select the button for who completed the claim application. If something is incorrect, select “Edit This Section” at the top right. Any inaccurate information that is submitted can delay payment. Willful false statements, misrepresentations or knowingly failing to disclose a material fact can have serious consequences. If it all looks good, select “Certify Claim” at the bottom.


This is your confirmation page that your application has been submitted. Click the "Print Confirmation" button at the bottom to print your own copy for your records.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have exhausted my benefits, what are my options?

If you previously exhausted your benefits going all the way back to July 6, 2019 or exhaust benefits now, there is now an additional 13 weeks of benefits available. For those that are eligible, you will be presented with your claim filing options when you log into your benefit account. Click on ‘Check My Existing Claim Status’ above and follow the instructions.

What is Extended Benefits and am I eligible?

Extended Benefits (EB) provides 13 weeks of benefits for people exhausting their unemployment claim on or after week ending April 25th. The department will be in touch with all those that are eligible to explain next steps.

How to Respond to Initial Claim Notice?

Everyone that files an initial claim for Unemployment Benefits will receive a monetary determination. This tells you how much you are eligible for each week that you file and also your total benefits if you filed for 26 weeks. If you agree with the determination, there is no action needed. If you disagree with the determination or any determination that you receive, you may file an appeal by following the instructions included in each determination.

Is the $600 taxable?

Yes, these benefits are taxable as are all Unemployment Benefits. You will have the ability when filing your application to select whether you would like to have taxes withheld from your Unemployment Benefits, in which case your weekly benefit payment will be for the net amount.


Do I qualify for the $600 Payment?

The Federal Cares Act includes an additional $600 weekly benefit if you qualify for either regular state benefits or other federal benefits. The $600 benefit is scheduled to end with the week ending July 25th. If you qualify for a benefit but earn too much in your part-time employment to receive a benefit then this will also cause you to not receive the $600 benefit. 


Which State Should I File in?

An individual should file for unemployment in the State in which they physically performed their work, regardless of where they lived.

Why do I have to fill out an application for benefits?

In order to properly pay unemployment Benefits, both federal and state law have requirements on eligibility. We need to determine that, in most cases, you were working and what you had for earnings as well as looking at the nature of your separation from work. Unemployment Benefits are not available to everyone. Generally, you have to have been working and currently unemployed through no fault of your own. To the extent you have not been working, you may still be eligible but you would need to certify as to not being available for work as a result of one of the qualifying coronavirus related scenarios contained in the Federal CARES Act.

Am I eligible if I was self-employed?

Yes, currently under the Federal CARES Act, self-employed are eligible for Unemployment Benefits. However, because self-employed do not report earnings to the department like other employers, then initially when you file, you will initially receive a denial message. Please ignore this message. Self-employed will initially be placed at the Federal minimum weekly benefit amount of $167 per week which will also provide eligibility for the $600 payment. To the extent you had earnings in 2019 that were $16,500 or more than you could qualify for a higher weekly benefit amount. Please submit either your 2019 federal income tax return or 1099s so that we can verify earnings and we will review in order to adjust your benefit.