The unemployment insurance (UI) program is designed to serve as temporary income replacement for individuals who have experienced a sudden loss of wages due to unemployment. The UI program is organized by the New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES).
According to the NHES, you must be completely or partially unemployed through no fault of your own. At the same time, you must be physically able to work, available to work, and willing to accept any suitable job that is offered to you by the NHES. In the case that you are partially unemployed, you can still qualify for UI benefits as long as you are earning less than 30 percent your potential weekly benefit amount.
Work Search Requirement
To satisfy this requirement you must be actively seeking employment at the time of your application for UI benefits. Additionally, you must keep a record of the contacts you have made throughout your search for employment. Each week, you will also need to submit this work search log to the NHES in order to prove that you are making an effort to return to work as soon as possible. Similarly, you will need to register with a reemployment service approved by the NHES in order to satisfy this requirement.
Monetary Eligibility Requirement
According to state law, you must have earned enough wages in a specific 12-month period that precedes the date of your application for UI benefits. This period is known as your “base period,” and it is determined by using the first four quarters out of the last five completed quarters of the calendar year. During this time, you must have earned at least $2800 in total wages, and you must have earned wages in at least two of the four quarters. Moreover, you must have earned at least $1400 in one of the quarters. Once you have ensured that you have earned enough wages in your base period, you can determine your weekly and maximum benefit amounts. For instance, your weekly benefit amount will be approximately one percent to 1.1 percent of your average wages from your base period. Thereafter, you can multiply this amount by 26 in order to determine your maximum benefit amount.
The state of New Hampshire permits claimants to receive a maximum of $427 per week in UI benefits. As a claimant, you can benefit from the UI program for a maximum of 26 weeks in one benefit year, which is a specific 52-week period determined by the NHES.
How to File a Claim
You can choose two simple methods of applying for UI benefits. Your first option is to apply online, and the alternative is to submit a UI claim in-person. You will need to find your nearest NH Works "one-stop” job center. Before you can start the application process, you will need the following personal details:
- Social Security Number, address, and telephone number
- Driver’s license or identification card
- Employment history from the last 18 months, which includes the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all your previous employers
- Banking information if you wish to receive your payments through direct deposit