State to provide $1,000 stipend for those who return to work

  • A note on a locked door at the New Hampshire Employee Security center, which handles unemployment claims, gives directions to those in need in Manchester, N.H., Thursday, April 16, 2020. Due to the virus outbreak, a note on the office door requested that all claims be handled remotely either on the phone or online. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

  • A man walks away from a locked door at the New Hampshire Employee Security center, which handles unemployment claims, in Manchester, N.H., Thursday, April 16, 2020. Due to the virus outbreak, a note on the office door requested that all claims be handled remotely either on the phone or online. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

Monitor staff
Published: 5/18/2021 3:59:43 PM

Unemployed Granite Staters will soon be eligible for a one-time stipend from the state government for returning to the workforce. 

Gov. Chris Sununu said he sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor explaining that New Hampshire would no longer participate in the pandemic federal unemployment program, which provided an additional $300 per week to individuals collecting unemployment benefits. About 35,000 residents currently qualify for the federal program.  

Going forward, state residents will have to demonstrate that they’ve retained a job for eight weeks to receive a $500 stipend for part-time workers or a $1,000 payment for full-time workers. 

Sununu said it shouldn’t be difficult to find work.

“Every employer I talked to out there is looking for workers,” he said. 

Those who continue to collect unemployment benefits will also be required to prove they are looking for work on a weekly basis, starting May 23. 

“We just want folks to get out there and start looking for work,” Sununu said. “I think you’ll be shocked at how many great jobs are available in your town right in your area. A lot of employers are not just paying high wages but they’re providing a lot of flexibility— anything to get those workers in the door.” 

New Hampshire’s unemployment rate for April was 2.8%, a decrease of two-tenths of a percentage point from March — and a big difference from a year ago, when it reached a peak of 16% during the coronavirus pandemic. Seasonally adjusted estimates for April 2021 placed the number of employed residents at 735,970, an increase of 118,630 from April 2020, the New Hampshire Employment Security office announced Tuesday.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 6.1%, a slight increase from the March rate, and a decrease of 8.7 percentage points from April 2020.

(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.)




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