Starting June 1, Idaho Department of Labor workforce consultants began to refer qualified unemployment insurance claimants to job openings posted on IdahoWorks, the state’s job search engine, during one-on-one meetings. 

Claimants will be referred to the job openings based on their skills and experience—and they must apply to fill the vacancy within two business days to remain eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, according to a press release from the department.

Workforce consultants will email or call the employers to confirm the claimant applied for the position and will ensure they are complying with unemployment insurance work-seeking requirements.

The department said the referrals are part of a federal re-employment and eligibility interview designed to connect unemployment insurance claimants with the resources they need to return to work as quickly as possible. Workforce consultants provide job seekers with individualized feedback during the interview and help them develop a plan for a successful work search.

Employers throughout the state can use IdahoWorks to create an unlimited number of free job postings.

Idaho recently reinstated unemployment insurance work search requirements that were temporarily lifted during the pandemic, meaning claimants must look for full-time employment. 

Idaho will also discontinue all federal CARES Act unemployment assistance programs the week ending June 19.

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