New Hampshire

New Hampshire Extended Unemployment

This economy has left many workers out of work and struggling with financial problems. If you have been out of work for a long time, problems for the long-term unemployed just become worse and worse. Before you apply for New Hampshire long term unemployment benefits, you must be receiving New Hampshire unemployment benefits already. You must have exhausted the standard 26 week claim.

Extended unemployment eligibility is contingent on the completion of regular unemployment benefits. To file for unemployment the first time, you must contact the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security. Their web address is To talk with them by phone, the number is 1-800-266-2252.

Counselors for regular and long term unemployment benefits are available Mon - Thurs, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Sunday.

If you have received a partial claim and become unemployed again before the 26 weeks were finished, you should go to a claims office very quickly after losing your job to reopen your claim. The New Hampshire offices require the unemployed to visit them within three days of the last day worked. Whatever you do, don't give up your claim until you have talked to their counselors in person. Once you have reopened your claim and exhausted your standard benefits, you may be eligible for extended unemployment benefits.

Long term unemployment benefits may or may not be available to you in New Hampshire depending on the date of your original claim. The difficult economy has taken its toll on government's ability to help the unemployed. However, it is worth contacting the NHES to find out if there is any program for which you are eligible. There are definitely job search and retraining services available.

If you do not meet extended unemployment eligibility requirements, you should investigate such programs as food stamps to get help for you and your family.

If you live in Carroll or Grafton Counties, disaster unemployment or extended unemployment assistance is available through NHES at 800-266-2252 8 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m., Sunday through Friday. In addition, if you are unemployed due to Hurricane Irene, there may be unemployment or long term unemployment benefits available.

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