Apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) in Alaska Online using this service.

Alaska’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program is dedicated to providing unemployed workers fast and accurate payment of UI benefits. With the seasonal nature of much of the state’s workforce and Alaska’s vast remoteness, UI benefits serve not only to bridge the economic gap for the individual worker, but also as a stabilizing influence on local economies.

FAQs

If my employer has allowed me to work remotely from home due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), am I eligible for UI benefits in Alaska?

Potentially. You can file an application and will need to report your earnings to be able to check if you can receive UI benefits. 

What if I am advised to quarantine myself due to COVID-19, but I am not sick and am still willing and able to work?

If you are given a date when you can return to work, you may be eligible for benefits during the time you are quarantined due to COVID-19. You can file a claim and your eligibility will be reviewed.

What are the eligibility requirements to receive UI benefits in Alaska?

The following are the general eligibility requirements to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits in Alaska:

  1. You must have earned wages from covered employment during the base period.
  2. You must have a total gross income of $2,500 earned over two calendar quarters of the base period.
  3. You must maintain your eligibility while receiving benefits by being able and available for full time work, actively seeking and reporting weekly work searches and registering for work as required.

What information do I need to apply for Unemployment benefits in Alaska?

You will need the following information to apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits in the State of Alaska: 

  • Your Social Security Number
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need your alien registration number and work permit type or other documentation that authorizes your employment in the United States
  • Name, mailing address and phone number of your last employer and the location where you reported to work
  • Dates of your last employment, first and last day worked
  • Earnings you made in the last week of your employment
  • Other deductible income received in the last week of employment; such as vacation, severance or bonus pay.
  • Federal employees are required to mail or fax copies of standard form SF8 and SF50, and when possible a Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
  • Ex-military personnel are required to mail or fax a copy of the DD214 member 4

What happens after I file my new unemployment benefits claim in Alaska?

You will be sent a monetary determination stating the amount of benefits you are eligible for and the wages which the determination was based on. If there are any errors you are responsible to report this to a claim center immediately.

If your wages are from the federal government or U.S. Military, your monetary determination may state you are ineligible at this time because your wages have not been reported. Once wage proof has been received, you will receive a second monetary determination based on the newly reported wages. 

When any additional information is requested by the claim center, submit it as soon as possible or contact the claim center to report why you have not.

All new claims are subject to a ‘waiting week’. The ‘waiting week’ is the first week in which you were eligible to receive benefits. You will not receive payment for this week, however you must claim for this week to receive your ‘waiting week’ credit. Your ‘waiting week’ will not be deducted from your benefit amount. 

You will be required to file bi-weekly claims and be able and available for full time work. You will be required to register for work within seven days, unless deferred. You will also be required to report weekly work search contacts for each week you claim, unless deferred.

Apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) in Alaska Online using this service.

Alaska’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program is dedicated to providing unemployed workers fast and accurate payment of UI benefits. With the seasonal nature of much of the state’s workforce and Alaska’s vast remoteness, UI benefits serve not only to bridge the economic gap for the individual worker, but also as a stabilizing influence on local economies.

FAQs

If my employer has allowed me to work remotely from home due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), am I eligible for UI benefits in Alaska?

Potentially. You can file an application and will need to report your earnings to be able to check if you can receive UI benefits. 

What if I am advised to quarantine myself due to COVID-19, but I am not sick and am still willing and able to work?

If you are given a date when you can return to work, you may be eligible for benefits during the time you are quarantined due to COVID-19. You can file a claim and your eligibility will be reviewed.

What are the eligibility requirements to receive UI benefits in Alaska?

The following are the general eligibility requirements to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits in Alaska:

  1. You must have earned wages from covered employment during the base period.
  2. You must have a total gross income of $2,500 earned over two calendar quarters of the base period.
  3. You must maintain your eligibility while receiving benefits by being able and available for full time work, actively seeking and reporting weekly work searches and registering for work as required.

What information do I need to apply for Unemployment benefits in Alaska?

You will need the following information to apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits in the State of Alaska: 

  • Your Social Security Number
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need your alien registration number and work permit type or other documentation that authorizes your employment in the United States
  • Name, mailing address and phone number of your last employer and the location where you reported to work
  • Dates of your last employment, first and last day worked
  • Earnings you made in the last week of your employment
  • Other deductible income received in the last week of employment; such as vacation, severance or bonus pay.
  • Federal employees are required to mail or fax copies of standard form SF8 and SF50, and when possible a Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
  • Ex-military personnel are required to mail or fax a copy of the DD214 member 4

What happens after I file my new unemployment benefits claim in Alaska?

You will be sent a monetary determination stating the amount of benefits you are eligible for and the wages which the determination was based on. If there are any errors you are responsible to report this to a claim center immediately.

If your wages are from the federal government or U.S. Military, your monetary determination may state you are ineligible at this time because your wages have not been reported. Once wage proof has been received, you will receive a second monetary determination based on the newly reported wages. 

When any additional information is requested by the claim center, submit it as soon as possible or contact the claim center to report why you have not.

All new claims are subject to a ‘waiting week’. The ‘waiting week’ is the first week in which you were eligible to receive benefits. You will not receive payment for this week, however you must claim for this week to receive your ‘waiting week’ credit. Your ‘waiting week’ will not be deducted from your benefit amount. 

You will be required to file bi-weekly claims and be able and available for full time work. You will be required to register for work within seven days, unless deferred. You will also be required to report weekly work search contacts for each week you claim, unless deferred.