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New Hampshire

These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on June 16, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in New Hampshire, we recommend that you visit the Safer at Home website, the New Hampshire Municipal Association or the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

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Description of Program and Relief

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Unemployment benefits are generally available to individuals who have been separated from employment through no fault of their own. The New Hampshire state government has filed emergency rules granting additional access to unemployment benefits for those unemployed because of COVID-19. Under these rules, individuals who are unemployed or are no longer able to be self-employed due to COVID-19 may apply for benefits. The waiting period required to be served by individuals filing for unemployment insurance has also been temporarily suspended.

The standard online application is still required.

Government or Lead Agency

New Hampshire Office of the Governor and Department of Employment Security

Dates Available

Effective immediately

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

Eligibility requirements can be found at Basic eligibility requirements include being fully or partially unemployed, through no fault of your own, and being ready, able, and willing to work. You must also have enough work and wages in covered employment.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)

You must open your claim the week your hours were reduced; or if you became unemployed from full-time work on a Thursday or Friday, you must open your claim the next week during the available window (

Contact for More Information

Call (603) 271-7700 or visit for more information.

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