UI benefits replace part of the income you lose when you become unemployed.
Apply for benefits online using the Claimant Portal.
Your eligibility depends on wages you have earned, amount of time you were at your job and more.
How you became unemployed (quit, laid-off, or fired) is one part of your personal eligibility.
Unemployment fraud happens when you give false information on your claim. Penalties for fraud include fines and felony charges.
You may qualify for benefits depending on your reason for separation.
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Register as a New User on the Claimant Portal and follow the how-to guides.
Quick guides, how-to videos and resource materials will guide you through the process.
Submit your weekly certification using your Claimant Portal account. Follow the prompts in the Apply for Benefits section.
Select your payment method using your Claimant Portal account. Follow the prompts in the Apply for Benefits section.
You must file your waiting week to certify your claim the first Sunday after you open your claim.
If there are no eligibility issues and you submit timely weekly certifications, your first payment will be available about two and a half weeks after you submit your application for benefits.
You must complete certain requirements every week to remain eligible.
Overpayments can happen for various reasons and you will need to return the money.
You can appeal a decision if you have been denied benefits or disagree with the decision.
You must meet certain work search requirements every week to remain eligible for benefits.
No. There are no extended benefit programs available at this time.
Yes. If you collected or repaid unemployment insurance benefits, you are required to file a tax return. You will receive a summary of benefits from the Department of Labor by the end of January for benefits you received the previous year.
It is not necessary for you to call to have a pending issue resolved. A claims representative will contact you by phone or email for additional information. Continue to file your weekly certifications.
For more FAQ and information on unemployment insurance, visit the Idaho Department of Labor's blog idaho@work.
If you were unable to find your answer using the FAQs above, you may contact a claim specialist.
Click to Chat
Click to chat is available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time.
For questions that need immediate attention. Hours are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time.
Email a Claim Specialist
For questions specific to a claim, you can send an email. The Department will respond within two business days.
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