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Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment insurance benefits replace part of the income lost when a worker becomes unemployed. It is a benefit available to workers who are out of work through no fault of their own. Unemployment insurance benefits are funded through a tax on employers, which is collected by the Idaho Department of Labor.  

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 Apply: Visit the Idaho Department of Labor website to apply for benefits


Unemployment insurance is available to people who are out of work through no fault of their own. Normally, no fault separations include a lay off or reduction of hours due to lack of work or business closure, voluntary quit with good cause connected with employment or discharge but not for misconduct.

Workers must also have worked and earned sufficient wages during the past 18 months. Weekly benefit and total benefit amounts vary and are based on wages paid during that timeframe. Maximum and minimum entitlement amounts change quarterly, based on the states’ unemployment insurance rate.


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