Idaho Unemployment Guide

If you've recently lost your job in Idaho, you may be eligible for Idaho Unemployment Insurance benefits. This is a guide to filing your claim for unemployment benefits with the State of Idaho. Since each situation may have its own unique circumstances, make sure you check with the contact numbers and websites listed below to make sure you receive the maximum benefits you can claim.

Filing for Unemployment:

Unemployed Idaho workers can file a claim for unemployment benefits online, on the telephone, or at a local Idaho Department of Labor Career Center.

  1. Online - File for Benefits Online
  2. Telephone – Call a local Idaho Department of Labor Office
  3. In Person – Find your local Idaho Department of Labor Office
File your claim right away after you've stopped working – don't delay. Your claim starts the week you file. Unemployment Benefits are not retroactive, so if you delay you may lose benefits.

When you file your initial unemployment benefit application, you will need the following information:

  • Name & address
  • SSN
  • Separation notice or letter from firmer employer if one was issued
  • Name, address, phone number, dates worked, and for all employers over the past 2 years
  • Gross earnings and reason for separation for all employers over the past 2 years
  • If you were discharged from the military in the last 18 months, you'll need Copy #4 of your DD Form 214
  • If you were a Federal employee in the last 18 months, you'll need SF 8 or SF 50 (or W2 or pay stubs)
  • If you are not a US Citizen, you'll need your Alien Registration Number, expiration, and type
  • County of residence if you presently live outside of Idaho

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Filing Your Weekly Claim:

Weekly benefits are based on your highest quarterly wages of the base period (first 4 of the last 5 quarters), minimum $72 per week to a maximum $343 per week.

File your ongoing unemployment claims weekly by one of the following methods:

  1. OnlineFile for Benefits Online - weekly
  2. Telephone - Call (208) 334-4700 - weekly
  3. Mail or in person – Mail or deliver your weekly claim form to a local Idaho Department of Labor Office – If you mail or deliver in person, you file bi-weekly.

Beware of the Waiting Week. Your first week of benefits is called a "waiting week" – this means you will not be paid benefits during your first week of eligibility, but you must still file a claim to get credit for waiting.

Claims are paid weekly via check or direct deposit. Your first check or deposit should arrive within 3 weeks of your initial filing - subsequent checks or deposits should arrive within a week of filing. If your check or deposit has not arrived within 7 days of filing, contact your local office.

Unemployment Benefits:

Health Insurance benefits may be available to you through the Health Coverage Tax Credit - Check The IRS for details.

Career services and training resources are available online.

Additional career and training benefits may be available depending on your circumstances. Check with your local office for details.

Filing for extensions:

As your regular unemployment benefits come close to being completed, you will receive notification about your eligibility for extended benefits and filing instructions to extend unemployment benefits.

Ending Unemployment:

When you return to work, file for credit for the remaining few days you didn't work. Then, just stop filing - when you stop weekly filing, your unemployment benefits automatically end.


Make sure to keep records of your search for work. You may be required to supply copies to the Idaho Department of Labor to substantiate your claims. See a larger list of FAQ's on Idaho's Department of Labor website.

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