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Unemployment Insurance: New Hampshire

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Robbie McKeon


  • Unemployment insurance is a joint federal/state program offered nationwide. Based on federal law and executed through state law, the program provides partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active search for work. See New Hampshire Unemployment Compensation.
  • New Hampshire unemployment insurance is provided under the New Hampshire Unemployment Compensation Law. Most employers in New Hampshire are subject to this law. See New Hampshire Unemployment Compensation.
  • Unemployment benefits generally last for up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • Unemployed individuals must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Eligibility.
  • Employers must follow certain recordkeeping and posting requirements. See Recordkeeping; Posting.
  • New Hampshire offers the WorkShare Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have to be laid off. Under the program, employees' hours and wages are reduced and employees receive a WorkShare benefit to help make up the shortfall. See New Hampshire WorkShare Program.