Alaska UnemploymentUpdated May 12, 2021 Unemployment
Alaska Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Alaska’s unemployment insurance benefits program provides unemployed workers with financial assistance while they look for new work. Much of the work in Alaska is seasonal and the state has vast remote areas.
Alaska unemployment benefits serve not only to assist individual unemployed Alaskans and their families, but to provide a stabilizing influence on local economies and Alaska’s economy overall.
Alaska Unemployment Services
|Appeal a Denial||Request a Hearing|
|Find a Local Office||Call Centers|
|Report Fraud||UI Fraud Hotline|
|Coronavirus Updates||COVID-19 Assistance|
Am I Eligible for Unemployment Benefits in Alaska?
Unemployed workers in Alaska must meet the following eligibility requirements for unemployment compensation:
- Earned wages from an employer who paid unemployment taxes during the base period for review, as defined by Alaska law
- Available for full-time employment when it is offered, including having child care and transportation arranged
- Actively seeking and reporting weekly work searches and registering for work as required
- Physically and mentally able to seek and accept suitable full-time employment
Alaska residents who are instructed to register for work must register online at AlaskaJobs to receive unemployment compensation.
Benefit Payments and Duration
|Base Period||First 4 of the last 5 completed quarters|
|Alt Base Period||Last 4 completed quarters|
|Duration of Benefits||Weekly Payment||Maximum Benefits Amount (1 year)|
|16-26 weeks||$56||$370||$9,620 - $11,492|
How Do I Apply for Unemployment Benefits in Alaska?
The easiest way to apply for unemployment benefits is to submit your initial claim online. Alaska’s online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you’d prefer, you can also call an unemployment benefits claim center.
When you submit your initial claim online, you will have the opportunity to create an online account. You can use this account to check the status of your claim and submit your weekly benefit certification. You will be required to use the same myAlaska account each time you access the unemployment benefits website.
Managing Your Unemployment Benefits
While you are receiving unemployment compensation, you must regularly certify your eligibility. Weekly certification keeps your claim active and eligible to receive your weekly benefit payments. Requests that are submitted late may be disqualified.
MyAlaska is the quickest and easiest way to manage your account and submit your weekly benefit claims. Simply log in, select View Your Services, then Unemployment Insurance Benefits.
Filing an Appeal
You may appeal any determination associated with your claim if you disagree with a decision. To request a hearing, you may phone, fax, mail, or email your request within 30 days of the date on which your decision letter was postmarked.
You may submit your appeal request via any of the following methods:
Email: [email protected]
Appeal Tribunal Office
P.O. Box 115509
Juneau, AK 99811-5509
Unemployment fraud consists of knowingly making a false statement, misrepresenting a material fact, or withholding key information to collect unemployment benefits. Unemployment fraud in Alaska is subject to criminal prosecution, fines, and potential imprisonment.
If you suspect that someone is fraudulently collecting benefits, please make a report via any of the methods listed below:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 907-269-4880 or 877-272-4635
Alaska Unemployment Office Locations
|Anchorage Job Center Midtown||3301 Eagle Street Suite 101|
Anchorage, AK 99503
|Anchorage Job Center Muldoon||1251 Muldoon Road Suite 101|
Anchorage, AK 99504
|Y-K Delta Unmployment Office||BNC Complex Suite 112|
Bethel, AK 99559-1607
|Bristol Bay Job Center||527 Seward St. Room 101|
PO Box 1149
Dillingham, AK 99576-1149
|Fairbanks Unmployment Office||675 Seventh Avenue Station B|
Fairbanks, AK 99701
|Homer Job Center||3670 Lake Street Suite 300|
Homer, AK 99603
|Juneau Unmployment Office||10002 Glacier Highway Suite 100|
Juneau, AK 99801
|Peninsula Unmployment Office||11312 Kenai Spur Hwy Suite 2|
Kenai, AK 99611
|Ketchikan Job Center||2030 Sea Level Drive Suite 220|
Ketchikan, AK 99901
|Kodiak Job Center||211 Mission Road Suite 103|
Kodiak, AK 99615-6315
|Nome Unmployment Office||103 Front Street|
PO Box 280
Nome, AK 99762
|Sitka Job Center||304 Lake Street|
Sitka, AK 99835-7563
|Valdez Unmployment Office||213 Meals Avenue|
State Office Building, Room 22
Valdez, AK 99686-0590
|Mat-Su Job Center||877 West Commercial Drive|
Wasilla, AK 99654