Idaho Unemployment

Eligibility Requirements


You must be unemployed through no fault of your own. You must have been laid off due to lack of work, voluntarily quit with good cause connected with the employment, or been discharged but not for misconduct.

You must be physically able to work full-time, ready to go to work, and be willing and able to accept both full and part-time work.

Monetary Determination

Most work performed in all states qualifies a worker for unemployment insurance benefits. Self-employment does not normally qualify for unemployment insurance, however, you should apply and let the Department of Labor local office determine if you qualify.

A monetary determination will show the wages paid to you by employers who have contributed to the unemployment insurance fund during your base period (the first four of the last five completed quarters before the beginning of your claim).

Benefits are figured by the amount of earnings during this 12 month base period. A weekly benefit amount is determined by the calendar quarter with the highest earnings.


Find Out If You Are Eligible For Unemployment   Click this link to find out: Am I Eligible To Collect Unemployment Benefits?

Have Your Benefits Run Out?   Click this link to find out how to get an unemployment extension: Unemployment Extension

Have A Specific Question About Idaho Unemployment?   Click this link to get answers to all your Idaho unemployment questions:   Idaho Unemployment FAQ

How do I file for unemployment benefits?

It will take approximately 45 minutes to completely file an electronic claim and receive a CONFIRMATION NUMBER. To file an Unemployment Insurance claim you will need the following information:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • If you are not a citizen of the United States, your Alien Registration number and card.
  • The business name, complete address including zip code, and phone number of all employers for whom you worked during the last 2 years.
  • The dates your work started and ended for those employers.
  • Your total gross earnings from those employers.
  • The reason you are no longer working for those employers.
  • DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, if you were a member of the Military Service in the past 2 years.
  • Phone number you can be reached at during normal business hours (8:00am-5:00pm Mountain Time).
  • Your county of residence if you live outside the state of Idaho.

If you file your claim before Saturday at 12:00 midnight Mountain Time, your claim will start with the prior Sunday.

The information you provide will be used to determine your eligibility for Unemployment Insurance benefits. It is important that your information is accurate and complete for all questions asked. The law provides penalties for withholding information or making false statements to obtain benefits.

Warning: Your claim will not be processed if you exit before the Congratulations/Attention page where you are given your confirmation number.

Contact Information


317 W. Main Street

Boise, ID  83735

(208) 332-3570

FAX (208) 334-6300

For a directory of Department of Labor employees, you may visit the Idaho State Government online telephone and email directory.

Still Have Questions? 

Click this link to get answers to all your Idaho unemployment questions:  Idaho Unemployment FAQ

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# diane 2010-09-17 09:06
My husband has already moved to Idaho and I will soon be following. Will I be able to apply for unemployment in Idaho if i quit my job in California ?
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# Bert 2010-11-07 22:53
I resigned from a nursing position at Corrections Corporation of America due to being set up to be fired. I was suspended without pay for 60 hours for stated events that were false. The decision to suspend me was made with out any contact with me although I had been an exceptional nurse in the correctional setting for over eight years. The suspending official signed the suspension several days prior to any discussion with me. The suspension official, the prison Warden, did not read the contents of the supposed infractions, did not have the medical back ground to reasonably evaluate a portion of the stated infractions, nor did he have vital information that would contribute to a fair evaluation. Additionally by the companies policy, he did not have authority to suspend any staff member for greater than 40 hours. I submitted my resignation the day I returned from my suspension. I put in a two week notice and completed that time. I did challenge his suspension because I was certain I was correct in my assessment of the event. Upon entering the wardens off he began talking and was unusually polite. Before I had settled in my chair he stated he would reduce the suspension to 40 hours explaining he did not have the authority to suspend me for 60 hours. As the discussion progressed it was noted that there other significant errors in his documentation, one was the absence of a source document verifying a medication error. Another was his absolute ignorance of the medication and it's potential for harm or lack of harm. The third was there was no written statement by another nurse that apparently claimed I had not finished my work on the verbally stated Tuesday in question. There is much more to this event that includes my repeated expressions of concern that the resent expansion of the CCA correctional facility had miscalculated the requirements of medical exam rooms, equipment, and supplies. I was concerned about the lack of staffing and the potential for medical mistakes that would create harm to the medical staff as well as the inmates which are wards of the state and have viable legal representation in the event of medical practices that do not meet a reasonable standard.I worked with the Health Service Administer, a seasoned administer but had no experience working in a prison. After a period of approximately two months I realized working from the inside of the system was not going to obtain positive results. I have a friend, not a close friend, but an even minded pro business, state representative. My intention was to allow a person of some influence observe the expansion and draw his own conclusions. This representative is one of the most conservative members of the elected state government. But I know him to be honest man with non biased observation skills. He sits on two correctional over-site committees so a visit to the expanded prison would be appropriate. I made arrangements with him to tour the new addition. The expansion was created to allow out of state inmates to return to Idaho, a fiscally responsible decision.. I had set a date for the tour but did not last long enough to conduct this tour. I have documentation to verify my statements and could bring forth individuals to testify to the portions of my experience that are not in writing. I am a retired Army Sergeant with years of experience working with people in disciplinary settings. I have not told the entire story, but the event has now harmed me financially to the point I need to file for unemployment. I do receive a modest retirement check monthly from the Army but have not been employed full time since my resignation from CCA in November of 2009. You may contact me by phone as I am listed in the directory. Please leave a brief message and your most available call back time. Thank you. - Bert
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# Debbie 2011-04-09 22:26
My husband lost his job in Idaho and had to move to Georgia to take a new job. I had to quit my job to follow him. I was denied unemployment. I either had to keep working and split with my husband or move with him. The state prefers that I split with him? How is this fair?
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# Kate 2011-04-11 18:16
I am working 2 days a week right now because of hour cuts at work. I am also a full time student. So I am receiving partial unemployment. My question is, if i quit my job working 2 days a week, because it is not even worth the gas to drive there. And start as an individual consultant for Scentsy which is considered self employed, Will I still receive my unemployment benefits? I would still look for a job which is what I agree to with my unemployment. but in the mean time of finding a job I am wanting to try and sell scentsy.

Thanks in advance
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# John 2011-12-14 18:52
I live in idaho right now and i dont have no job i got fired from my work , if i get unemployment benefits, and i decided to move to diffrent state am i still gonna be reaciving benefits or am i gonna have to cancel the unemployment and re sign it in diffrent state. Thank you
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# Angie 2012-06-16 17:26
I retire from the military next month after 24 years. I have been on leave actively looking for a job without any success. I have four months worth of savings a maybe able to stretch it to six. What are my options if I cannot find work?
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