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**Starting Monday, May 10, 2021**

All NHWORKS offices are open to the public Monday-Friday 12:00pm-4:00pm but ONLY for completing your weekly work search activities and filing claims.

All questions with your claim or questions with eligibility should be directed to the Unemployment Hotline (603) 271-7700. Agents stand ready to answer your calls Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm.


Important: Tax Rate changes

2021-1 and 2021-2 Tax Rate Notification resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Trust Fund continues to support a high level of benefit payments due to the pandemic. However, as a result of the cash infusion from the CARES Act relief funds, the department has removed the 0.5% surcharge for 2021-1 through 2021-2

Pursuant to RSA 282-A:82-a, I, the Inverse Minimum Rate also remains at 1.5% additional surcharge on negative rated employers paying pursuant to Schedules II and III.

To view Tax Rate Chart and prior quarter rates visit

Employers can view their current and prior quarter tax rates on our WEBTAX System.

COVID-19 AFFECTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATES: A weekly publication showing initial claims by community, county and industry in order to show how the geographic regions and business sectors of the state are being impacted by COVID-19. This is published each Thursday.



FEDERAL INDIVIDUAL STIMULUS PAYMENTS ARE NOT WAGES AND DO NOT NEED TO BE REPORTED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT: Regarding the Federal stimulus payments of $1,200 per individual, please note these are NOT considered wages and do NOT need to be reported for purposes of determining either your initial or weekly eligibility for purposes of calculating unemployment benefits.



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*** Attention Claimants *** The requirement to search for work is waived for all claimants. No work search is required while Governor Sununu’s Executive Order Number Five remains in effect. Please disregard the reference to work search that you received with your new claim instruction sheet. You will receive separate notification when the work search requirement is reinstated.




See the official notice in the link below for more information.

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Security Alert
NHES continues to receive information regarding a number of nationwide online scams targeting individuals seeking to file unemployment insurance claims. These sites request personal information and charge a fee to help customers complete their Unemployment Insurance claims, typically implying that they are directly connected with a state’s official website.

The State of New Hampshire processes unemployment claims for free, so customers should be extremely wary of any site that charges a fee for this service.

New Hampshire Employment Security will also never ask for your credit card information. If asked to supply your credit card information or if you should receive a pop-up message seeking your credit card information while on the agency’s website you should not provide any information and immediately close down the application you are using. You should then contact an appropriate IT professional to review the security of the computer system you are using and seek help specifically dealing with malware/virus repair.

If you are unable to file your claim or need assistance, please contact the NH Unemployment Assistance Hotline at 603-271-7700.


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New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES)
45 South Fruit Street  |  Concord NH 03301  |  603-224-3311  |  1-800-852-3400
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