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  • In the event of a Federal Government shutdown, New Hampshire’s unemployment program and reemployment services will continue business as usual. Unemployment benefits will continue to be paid to eligible individuals without delay or interruption.
  • All offices and services will continue to operate as usual. All NH Works Jobs Centers and the Employment Hotline (603) 271-7700 will remain open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
  • Federal government employees working here in New Hampshire, impacted by the federal government shutdown, may be eligible for unemployment benefits.
    • Federal workers required to work during the shutdown (“exempt” or “excepted”) are NOT ELIGIBLE for unemployment benefits if they continue to work the same or greater schedule despite not being paid.
    • Federal workers not allowed to work during the shutdown, or required to work a reduced schedule less than 37.5 hours per week, may be eligible for unemployment benefits.
    • Anyone unsure as to eligibility for unemployment benefits should file a claim.
    • Federal workers should be prepared to provide recent pay stubs and/or
      W-2 information due to the likelihood of delays in obtaining this information.


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Visit your Local NHWORKS Jobs Center to Connect with Hiring Employers
All Local NHWORKS Jobs Centers are open 8:00AM – 4:30PM Monday – Friday to assist all members of the public in connecting with hiring employers, learning about available training programs as well as assisting with unemployment claims. See the full list of Local NHWORKS Jobs Centers for the location nearest you.

Virtual Connections with Hiring Employers
Unable to visit your Local NHWORKS Jobs Center, search for job opportunities online by going to the Job Match System. Quick search for jobs by region or occupation by using the NHJOBS Portal. Attend an upcoming Virtual Job Fair.

Filing for Unemployment Benefits - Work Search Requirements - Making Connections with Hiring Employers

  • All individuals filing for unemployment benefits are required to conduct a weekly work search in order to be eligible. This includes contacting hiring employers and completing other activities that will assist you in your efforts to find new employment.
  • Make sure to attend your scheduled workshops and meetings with NHES to learn more about searching for work and quickly finding new employment.
  • Job Fairs are a great way to connect with hiring employers. Attend an upcoming in person or virtual hiring event. Learn more and register by going to virtualjobfairs.nh.gov.
  • Connect with hiring employers by using the NHJOBS Recruitment Portal. Learn more by going to nhjobs.nh.gov.
  • Your Local NHWORKS Jobs Center is open to provide in person assistance Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 4:30PM to help with answering any of your unemployment related questions and for assistance with how to connect with employers and training opportunities. See the full list of Office Locations.
  • If you cannot make it to your Local NHWORKS Jobs Center, you can call the Employment Hotline (603) 271-7700. Trained agents stand ready to assist Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 4:30PM.


  • AVOID BEING THE NEXT VICTIM! Exercise caution when on the internet and GUARD YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION.
  • This department will NEVER send you a CLICKABLE LINK by either email or text message.
  • Any text or email appearing to be from the department containing a clickable link should be deleted.
  • Contact the department by calling the UNEMPLOYMENT HOTLINE at (603) 271-7700 or by visiting any of the NHWORKS OFFICES.



Effective 2023-Q4

Tax Rate Reductions for Positive Rated Employers – Pursuant to New Hampshire state law (RSA 282-A:82) the Trust Fund has maintained a balance of at least $350 million for the entire quarter. As a result, there will continue to be a 1.0% reduction to the tax rates of positive rated employers (Schedule I) on taxable wages for paid during the 4th quarter of 2023.

Reduction of the Inverse Minimum Rate for Negative Rated Employers - Pursuant to New Hampshire state law (RSA 282-A:82-a) the Trust Fund has maintained a balance of at least $350 million for the entire quarter. As a result, the Inverse Minimum Rate added to the tax rates of negative rated employers (Schedule II and Schedule III) will continue to be 0.5% on quarterly taxable wages paid during the 4th quarter of 2023.

Employers can view their current and prior quarter tax rates on our
WEBTAX System (www2.nhes.nh.gov/webtax) Recent enhancements allow up to 10,500 wage entries on a quarterly submission.
Tax Rate Chart

ANNUAL TAX RATE DETERMINATION LETTERS are scheduled to mail September 1, 2023 for the period 7/1/2023 (Q3/2023) through 6/30/2024 (Q2/2024).

Tax Rates displayed on the Webtax System reflect the tax rate reductions in effect for positive rated employers as well as the inverse minimum rate added to the rates of negative rated employers.



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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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