Unemployment Office

The unemployment insurance (UI) program is offered by the Idaho Department of Labor. The UI program was designed to provide temporary income replacement for unemployed workers in Idaho. If you wish to address any questions regarding your UI claim, you will need to find the local office nearest you.



It is recommended that you file a UI claim within one week of becoming completely or partially unemployed. To qualify for UI benefits, you must be unemployed due to no fault of your own, which means misconduct and voluntarily quitting do not count as “good causes” for unemployment. If you are partially employed, you must earn 1.5 times less than your potential weekly benefit amount. Otherwise, a dollar-for-dollar deduction will be applied to your weekly earnings for any amount that exceeds the limit.

Work Search Requirement

You must register with the Department of Labor to prove that you are actively seeking employment and willing to take on a suitable job if one is found. Thus, you must make an effort to find employment opportunities and keep a record of your search. As part of this condition, you must contact a minimum of two potential employers per week and submit your work search log at the end of the every week by internet, fax, or U.S. mail. In addition, you must attend a mandatory interview with a workforce consultant who will help you determine your job skills and personal strengths.

Monetary Eligibility Requirement

According to the state’s UI laws, you must have earned enough wages in your “base period” to be eligible for UI benefits. Your base period will be determined by using the first four quarters out of the last five completed quarters of the calendar year. Thus, you must have earned enough wages in two out of the four quarters. Likewise, you must have earned at least $1870 in one of the quarters. Your weekly and maximum benefit amounts will be determined based on how much you have earned in your base period. For instance, your weekly benefit amount will be determined by using the quarter in which you have earned the most wages known as your “high quarter.” To calculate your weekly benefit amount, you will need to divide this number by 26.


In Idaho, the maximum amount that you can receive through UI benefits is $357 per week. You can benefit from these payments for a maximum of 26 weeks in one benefit year, which is a specific 52-week period determined by your claims specialist. Also, 10 weeks is the minimum amount of time that you can benefit from the UI program.

How to File a Claim

For your convenience, you can complete the application process online. However, you can also visit any local office in order to submit your claim in-person. To apply for UI benefits, you will need the following information:

  • Social Security Number, address, and telephone number
  • Employment history from the last 24 months, which includes the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all your previous employers
  • Banking information if you wish to receive your payments through direct deposit

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Idaho Department of Labor 317 W. Main Street Boise, ID 83735 (208) 332-3570 View Website Unemployement Claim File