Benefits of Filing for Idaho Unemployment

The stagnant economy means finding a job is tougher now than it has been in decades. If you've been laid off from your job in Idaho, you may be having difficulty finding employment to replace the income you lost. Without an income, it can be hard to keep a sense of financial stability, leading to increased stress and emotional turmoil for you and your family. Fortunately, you can apply for unemployment benefits from the state of Idaho. These benefits will replace part of your former income, giving you the opportunity to look for work.

The amount of benefits you can expect from the Idaho Department of Labor varies. It depends on the amount you made at your last job, and is oftentimes equivalent to about two-thirds of your former income; however, Idaho currently has a maximum weekly benefit of $334. Filing for unemployment is relatively easy in Idaho. You can do so online at IdahoWorks System. You can also apply by calling or visiting your local Idaho Department of Labor office. There are offices located across the state, and you can find a listing of them here, along with their phone numbers. If you need someone to show you how to collect benefits in Idaho, someone at your local office will be able to help you.

Whether you decide to apply for unemployment online, in person, or on the phone, you will need certain documents in order to file. If you are applying online or via phone, you should have these documents in front of you. If you are applying in person, you should take these documents with you. You will need your Social Security number, your driver's license, the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all your employers from the last two years, as well as the dates you worked for these employers, your total gross earnings, and the reason why you are no longer working for them. If you have been in the military in the last two years, you should bring your DD Form 214 with you, and non-U.S. citizens should bring your Alien Registration card and number.

It's important to apply for unemployment benefits during the first full or partial week that you are unemployed. This will help ensure that your benefits are received in a timely fashion, minimizing the amount of time between your last paycheck and your first unemployment check.

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