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Applying for Unemployment

We are an online resource to help answer your questions, check eligibility and assist in applying for Unemployment. You will also be advised if you qualify for additional benefit programs and receive our benefit guide.

Idaho Unemployment

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program was created to help individuals financially while they find a job.

UI benefits are available to workers who meet all eligibility requirements.


To be eligible, an individual must:

  • Be out of work due to no fault of your own.
  • Be able, available, and actively searching for work.
  • Be willing to accept all available work.
  • Report all work and earnings.
  • Report all other UI benefits, holiday, severance, bonus and vacation pay.
  • Comply with the work-seeking requirements you received when you filed your claim.
  • Earned sufficient wages.

If you are working part-time and earning less than one and one-half times your weekly benefit amount, you may be eligible to receive full or partial benefits. Contact the Idaho Department of Labor directly for questions at 208-332-3570.

The Department offers Idahoans an online tool to check eligibility for UI benefits.

To access this tool, visit: http://labor.idaho.gov/.

Click on “Check Benefit Eligibility” and follow instructions.


To file a claim, you will need:

  • Social Security number

  • Driver’s license

  • Phone number

  • County of residence (if you live outside the state of Idaho)

  • Alien registration number and card (if not a U.S. citizen)

If you are a former member of the military service in the past two years, you need:

  • DD Form 214

  • Certificate of Release (or)

  • Certificate of Discharge from Active Duty

You will also need information about you former employers during the last two years.

This includes:

  • Business name

  • Address

  • Phone number

  • The dates your work started and ended

  • Total gross earnings

  • The reason you are no longer working for those employers

Filing a Claim

You must file a claim as soon as you are unemployed or you have experienced hour reductions.

To file an UI claim online, use the IdahoWorks System.

To access the system, visit: http://labor.idaho.gov/.

You may also file in person by visiting an Idaho Department of Labor office.

For locations, check the directory at: http://labor.idaho.gov/.

Continued Eligibility

You must file every week to keep receiving unemployment insurance benefits.

You also need to meet eligibility requirements for every week you claim.

Eligibility is defined by these conditions:

  • You must file your weekly report.
  • You must be working less than full time.
  • You must be physically and mentally able to work.
  • You must be available for work.
  • You must be actively seeking full-time work.

Different Types of Unemployment Insurance

If you reside in Idaho now but all of your wages during the base period were earned in another state, you may file an interstate claim.

To file an Interstate UI claim, visit: http://labor.idaho.gov/.

If you have earned wages in Idaho and at least one other state during the base period, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands, you may request the wages be combined by transferring them to the state in which you file your claim.

To learn more about combined-wage claims, call 208-332-3570 or visit: http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/

What happens if I’m fired, laid off or if I quit?

If you are fired, quit your job or refuse work, you must report it to the Idaho Department of Economic Opportunity, so a determination of eligibility for benefits can be made. In most cases, a worker must be out of work through no fault of their own to be eligible for benefits without penalty. When you file a claim, your employer will be mailed a “Notice of Filing” to verify the reason you have stated as to why you are no longer working. However, the Department will have final say on your eligibility. If you have been laid off, there is no penalty or reduction in unemployment benefits.