Idaho Unemployment Requirements

In order to start your unemployment, ID unemployment requirements include the following:

1. You are totally unemployed. Depending on your vocation and industry, you may qualify for unemployment if you have had your hours reduced.
2. You have worked and earned a minimum amount of wages in work covered by unemployment tax during the past 18 months.
3. You have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you were laid-off you will qualify for unemployment. In most cases, if you were fired for cause - you will not be eligible to collect unemployment. If you were fired for cause, you SHOULD apply for unemployment anyway, just in case you are eligible to get it.
4. You are able and available for work. If you are unable to work because of disability or medical condition, you may not meet the Idaho unemployment requirements, but you should apply anyway. If you are not eligible for unemployment, you may be eligible to collect disability benefits, and the case worker at the unemployment office will be able to direct you on how to apply for disability.
5. You are registered for work at your local Workforce Development Center. You must do this when you apply for unemployment, and every week when you certify your weekly claim.
6. You are actively seeking work. You must apply to a minimum of two jobs per week.

To continue receiving weekly unemployment benefits, ID unemployment requirements state that you must file a 'weekly claim' by doing the following:

1. Meet all of the ID unemployment requirements listed above.
2. Apply for at least two jobs each week.
3. Contact the Idaho unemployment office to file your 'weekly claim'. You can do this via phone or on the internet.

(208) 334-4700 Idaho Department of Labor Office Idaho Unemployment Website

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To go back to the Idaho Unemployment FAQ Page, click here: Idaho Unemployment FAQ

To go the main Idaho Unemployment page, click here: Idaho Unemployment

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# NickG8148 2012-09-14 01:14
I'm an LPN. I work in a assisted living facility that also has a skilled and TCU unit. The administrator demoted my boss to my position and hired a new director. The administrator is transfering me to the skilled unit. The DON for the skilled unit says she does not have am shifts to give me. I was hired on the agreement of AM shifts and she may be able to get me 1 to 2 days a wk but its not garanteed. I worked 3-4 am days every week in assisted. I'm a single mother with no family. I'm worried how im going to take care of my children now. Would I be eligible for unemployment benefits in this situation? Im suppose to transfer week after next but there are no hrs for me.
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# Andrea 2012-11-20 15:41
If living in Idaho, just lost job in Washington, I just fled in Washington for unemployment, do I have to file in Idaho as well?
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# Erika 2013-01-28 15:02
My daughter has CP and is in need of more care... if I have to leave my job to provide this care would I qualify for unemployment?
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