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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on April 27, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Idaho, we recommend that you visit the state's Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources website or Idaho Commerce's COVID-19 Resources and Information.

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Description of Program and Relief

Unemployment Assistance

Unemployment insurance is a program for workers unemployed through no fault of their own. Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19, subject to guidance from the Idaho Department of Labor. One type of individual who may file an unemployment claim is a person whose workplace is temporarily or permanently closed. To be eligible, the individual must be physically and mentally able to work at the time of filing the claim.

Governor Little has waived certain restrictions on unemployment assistance as a result of COVID-19. For instance, he has waived the one-week waiting period for all applicants who are otherwise eligible and is allowing claimants to meet the “available-for-work” criteria if they are isolated and unavailable to work at the request of a medical professional, their employer, or government official and will be returning to work for their employer

Government or Lead Agency

Idaho Department of Labor

Dates Available

Currently in effect

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

Information on eligibility relating to COVID-19 is available here.

Individuals must have been separated from their job through no fault of their own and must meet all eligibility requirements. These requirements include that they be physically and mentally able to work, available for work, register with the state employment service, and actively seek work.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

Call (208) 332-8942, but please be aware that call volume is extremely high and wait times are increasing.

If at all possible, use the Idaho Unemployment claimant portal to apply, available here.

List of Additional Information

For information on Governor Little’s proclamation regarding unemployment relief efforts, please visit this website.

For additional information, please visit this website.

For Frequently Asked Questions, please visit this website.

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