Recent News

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration announced upcoming webinars on health and retirement benefits after a job loss. The webinars are scheduled for several dates in June and will be provided in English and Spanish. Find information on the seminars in English and Spanish.

Your safety and the safety of our staff is important to us. Due to the unprecedented spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) the NH Works Career Centers are temporarily closed to the public. Please review the links below for access to information and on-line services currently available.

Filing for Unemployment Benefits
Individuals will need to file for unemployment each week of temporary unemployment and all of this can and should be done online at or by calling 603-271-7700. People can do all of this online from your home internet connection or on your phone without ever having to go into a state office.

The NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs through its Division of Economic Development works with businesses to build relationships, provide support and find solutions to problems. They are facilitators and connectors and will be more than happy to help where they can. More information can be found here.

Business Closures & Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN)
Many businesses are facing rapid and unexpected closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The WARN Act requirement to provide 60 days’ advanced notice has not been suspended because the WARN Act already recognizes that businesses cannot predict sudden and unexpected circumstances beyond an employer’s control, such as government-mandated closures, the loss of your workforce due to school closings, loss of revenue, or other specific circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic.

If your business is forced to close please notify your employees and the State of New Hampshire as soon as possible, and identify the circumstances that required the closure. The State of New Hampshire Worker Adjustment and Retraining (WARN) Act requires businesses to provide early warnings of closures and layoffs to workers, employee representatives, the New Hampshire Department of Labor, the New Hampshire Attorney General, The chief elected official of each municipality in New Hampshire within which the plant closing or mass layoff occurs, and the State Dislocated Worker Unit.

Rapid Response
Rapid Response is the NH Works program to assist workers dislocated due to a layoff or closing of a business. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all in person meetings and service delivery have been suspended. However, all services are still available by phone or online. Employers and employees facing layoffs should engage with the comprehensive Rapid Response services. More information can be found here.

New Hampshire Employment Security-Workshare Program
Employers can temporarily reduce their workforce in a particular unit, shift or company 10%-50% and avert a layoff. They can then recall the employees when business increases. More information can be found here.

Public Health and Support
NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides services to ensure the health and well-being of citizens during a layoff. Dislocated workers can discuss healthcare options, apply for food stamps, cash assistance, medical assistance, childcare and medical savings. Individuals can apply online at or by calling 603-271-9700.

Business Closure
If you have questions about processes, notification and procedures regarding a business closure please contact the NH Department of Labor. They can be contacted at 603-271-3176.

NH Covid-19 Website
The State of New Hampshire has set up a website to keep citizens informed about Covid-19, the website can be found here.

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