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Idaho Unemployment Weekly Claims

Three methods exist to file and receive benefits. The preferred and quicker method is the Internet Continued Claims system. You file weekly using your computer or by coming into a Department of Labor office and use one of our lobby machines. This easy, fast and convenient system uses no paper, and you get paid once a week. No postage is involved. You will have to pay long-distance charges if you reside outside the Boise calling area and choose the telephone reporting method. Calls can be made during the “off hours” and only last a few minutes. The other filing method, the continued claim report system is described on page 16 of claimant handbook.

  • To access Internet Continued Claims, log on to: and follow the step-by-step instructions for filing an Internet Continued Claim.
  • Call Tel-A-Claim at 1 (208) 334-4700. If you live outside the Boise dialing area, call your local office and select option 7 from the automated menu. If you live in the Boise dialing area, call 334-4700. TTY claimants may call Idaho Relay Service by dialing 711 and then providing the phone number to Tel-A-Claim.
  • The Continued Claim Report form is a card which must be filled out by hand and either mailed or hand delivered to the local office. This card usually covers a two-week period so you are paid once every two weeks. There is always the chance a card can be lost or destroyed.

Note: A benefit week begins at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, and ends at 12:00 midnight the following Saturday. You have seven full days following the Saturday week ending date to make your call to Tel-A-Claim or to file online.

Questions & Answers

  1. Lary Lawson says:

    I filed my unemployment Insurance claim on Monday 2/3/2014 and as of today, 2/20/2014, have not received any benefit payments. I have been filing my weekly job searches as required. How do I find out what is holding up my benefit payment. I set it up as direct deposit. My phone number is (208) 420-7512. Thank you.

    Lary Lawson

    • Adrian says:

      You should have been paid if the claim was approved.Please log onto to your account online to check status or call up if required.

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