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How Long Do I Have to Work For to Collect Unemployment in Idaho?

Idaho requires a minimum HQW of $1,872.  [Note: the minimum HQW is determined by multiplying Idaho’s minimum wage as of Jan. 1st by 520 hours]

The minimum amount that needs to be earned in the entire base period is 1.25 times your HQW. The absolute minimum earnings required in the base period comes out to be $2,340.

Idaho offers both an alternate base period and an extended base period. The alternate base period uses the last four completed calendar quarters of the base period. The extended base period is available to those who were injured/disabled and file a claim within 3 years of being injured and no longer than 6 months after recovering from the disability/injury. If you qualify for this, the base period can be extended to the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the injury/disability first occurred.

In Idaho an employer or employing unit is covered under unemployment insurance if it paid at least $1,500 in wages during any calendar quarter in the current or previous calendar year. Further, an employer/employing unit is also covered under unemployment insurance if it paid wages to at least one employee and employed said worker at least one day per week during the 20 weeks of the current or previous calendar year.

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