How Long Do I Have to Work For to Collect Unemployment in New Hampshire?

In order to qualify for unemployment insurance in New Hampshire, your total base period earnings must be at least $2,800. You also must have worked during a minimum of 2 quarters in the base period. You must have earned $1,400 in each of two quarters during the base period.

New Hampshire does not offer an extended base period; however, an alternate base period, which considers the last four completed calendar quarters (instead of the first four), is available to those who failed to qualify under the regular base period.

In New Hampshire an employer or employing unit is covered under unemployment insurance if it paid at least $1,500 in wages during any calendar quarter in the current or previous calendar year. Further, an employer/employing unit is also covered under unemployment insurance if it paid wages to at least one employee and employed said worker at least one day per week during the 20 weeks of the current or previous calendar year.

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