New Hampshire

File and Collect New Hampshire Unemployment

Many people are struggling to make ends meet in this economy, and it can be even more difficult if you find yourself suddenly unemployed. To aid in temporary financial and emotional security, people affected by unexpected job loss can file for New Hampshire unemployment.

People have the option of filing online at or, by phone by calling 603-224-3311 or 800-852-3400 or visiting the New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES) office, located at 32 South Main Street, Concord, NH 03301. You'll need to have certain information ready before you filing for unemployment.

You'll need:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your legal mailing or home address
  • Your telephone Number
  • If you're not a citizen, your Alien Registration Number
  • If you received or will receive either sick, holiday, or retirement pay or an amount of separation, you'll need the amount
  • If you were in the military during the past 12 months, you'll need your Military Form DD-214 or member 4 copy
  • If you've been employed by the Federal Government in the past 12 months, your Form SF-8

You'll also be required to provide the names and contact information for every employer you have worked for in the past 18 months, so make sure you have the following information available when filing:

  • The name, address and zip code of all employers
  • The address for payroll if it differs from the company's physical address
  • The employer’s area code and telephone number
  • Your employment starting and ending dates (day, month and year)
  • The reason for separation from the employer

Filing an unemployment benefits claim requires two steps. Applicants have to complete both steps to be considered eligible for payment.

Initial Claim:

The first step is opening your claim. You can file your initial claim over the Internet from home, by phone or by visiting the NHES location. Open your claim during the week you became unemployed from full time work on Thursday or Friday of that week, or open your claim on the following Sunday or Monday. To ensure timeliness of benefits, you have to file your initial claim within three business days from your last day employed or no later than the last day of the first week you want to file for benefits. Your claim is operative on the calendar week it is opened.

The second step is for applicants will have to choose a 4-digit personal PIN number, which is for your private use only. This PIN number counts as your legal signature and it is vital that you do not reveal it to anyone, as you'll be held accountable for all occurrences which require your PIN.

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