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JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) - Federal COVID-19 unemployment programs ended on Monday, including one that helped roughly 1,700 Alaskans.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance provided benefits to people who are not typically covered by the state: self-employed Alaskans and gig workers.

Those Alaskans are no longer eligible for any unemployment benefits, said Patsy Westcott, the director of the Division of Employment and Trainee Services. She strongly encouraged impacted Alaskans to look for assistance from the state if they need help finding work or retraining if the pandemic has affected their old occupations.

Another program ended on Sept. 4 that extended the period Alaskans were eligible for federal benefits. Under state law, workers can receive help for a maximum of 26 weeks, but during the pandemic there was an extra 13 weeks of benefits available.

According to the latest data, around 7,000 Alaskans were filing for regular unemployment benefits, Westcott said. There were another roughly 8,900 Alaskans filing for the extended weeks of benefits.

Despite that program ending, unemployed Alaskans could transition to another program for extended benefits. Alaskans qualify for a total of 39 weeks of help because the state continues to see high unemployment.

The federal government pays for 50% of those extra 13 weeks of benefits during a high unemployment period.

Analysts with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development expect Alaska will keep qualifying for those extended benefit weeks for “several more months” until the unemployment rate drops, Westcott said.

If an Alaskan completely exhausts their benefits, including for the extra 13 weeks, they are no longer eligible for assistance, Westcott added. She explained the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund remains “solvent” despite the added pandemic pressure.

Unemployed Alaskans are eligible for a maximum of $370 per week, but the average amount received is closer to $275 per recipient each week. The Legislature approved supplemental benefits for Alaskans with dependents until that program ended in April.

Westcott said filers will need to be actively looking for jobs and available to work to receive benefits, a requirement that had been suspended during the pandemic until last fall. She explained that there are some other restrictions for filers:

  • The filer has to be unemployed through no fault of their own. A filer is not eligible for benefits if they quit their job without cause or were fired due to misconduct.
  • They need to have earned $2,500 during the “base period.” For filers on Monday, that’s between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. That $2,500 must have been earned over at least two quarters and not just over one three-month period.
  • If a filer is making unemployment claims over back-to-back years, they must have earned over eight times what they’re claiming in weekly benefits. As an example, Westcott said if someone is claiming $100 per week in benefits, they need to have earned at least $800 over the past year.

The latest data from the state Labor Department shows Alaska’s economy is rebounding but unevenly. Neal Fried, an economist with the department, said the construction industry has almost completely recovered while the oil and gas industry and the hospitality sector are still struggling.

In May, the state declined an extra $300 per week in supplemental benefits from the federal government that would have been available through Monday. Labor Commissioner Tamika Ledbetter suggested at the time that decision was made to encourage Alaskans to rejoin the workforce.

“As Alaska’s economy opens up, employers are posting a wide range of job opportunities and workers are needed,” she said.

Those enhanced federal benefits ended across the U.S. on Labor Day. Studies by national news organizations, including NPR, found little difference in unemployment rates between states that continued to receive those supplemental benefits and those that declined them.

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Alaska 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

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 PeriodFirst 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
Alt Base PeriodLast 4 completed quarters
Duration of BenefitsWeekly PaymentMaximum 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:

Fax:     907-465-3374
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 800-232-4762

Appeal Tribunal Office
P.O. Box 115509
Juneau, AK 99811-5509

Reporting Fraud

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]
Fax: 907-269-4835
Phone: 907-269-4880 or 877-272-4635

Alaska Unemployment Office Locations

Anchorage Job Center Midtown3301 Eagle Street Suite 101
Anchorage, AK 99503
Anchorage Job Center Muldoon1251 Muldoon Road Suite 101
Anchorage, AK 99504
Y-K Delta Unmployment OfficeBNC Complex Suite 112
Bethel, AK 99559-1607
Bristol Bay Job Center527 Seward St. Room 101
PO Box 1149
Dillingham, AK 99576-1149
Fairbanks Unmployment Office675 Seventh Avenue Station B
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Homer Job Center3670 Lake Street Suite 300
Homer, AK 99603
Juneau Unmployment Office10002 Glacier Highway Suite 100
Juneau, AK 99801
Peninsula Unmployment Office11312 Kenai Spur Hwy Suite 2
Kenai, AK 99611
Ketchikan Job Center2030 Sea Level Drive Suite 220
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Kodiak Job Center211 Mission Road Suite 103
Kodiak, AK 99615-6315
Nome Unmployment Office103 Front Street
PO Box 280
Nome, AK 99762
Sitka Job Center304 Lake Street
Room 101
Sitka, AK 99835-7563
Valdez Unmployment Office213 Meals Avenue
State Office Building, Room 22
Valdez, AK 99686-0590
Mat-Su Job Center877 West Commercial Drive
Wasilla, AK 99654
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Unemployment Insurance

Fraudulent text and email messages are being sent to individuals regarding unemployment insurance. Refer to the Press Release for more information.

NOTE: You will need your myAlaska login and password in order to file.
If you no longer remember your myAlaska password, please reset it before beginning application.
Here is the number to the myAlaska help desk: (866) 377-0126. It is located on the "HELP" tab of myAlaska.


Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) are expiring in September per the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This means the final payable week of unemployment benefits for these programs is the week ending Sept. 4, 2021. If you are still in need of benefits after this date and are unsure of your eligibility, you can contact your nearest claim center for assistance.

The last payable week for the additional $300 FPUC payment and the additional $100 MEUC payments was the week-ending June 19, 2021.

Clifford Napier, Assistant Director

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.

Have you been laid off from your job and need training for a new career?
The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development has grant funds available to help with training expenses. Contact your nearest Alaska job center to inquire about the Dislocated Worker Grant. For more information, call a job center near you.

Worker resources

Workers who have become unemployed or working less than full-time hours should apply for UI benefits as soon as possible. Once you file your claim for benefits, your eligibility determination can be made – resulting in a timely payment of benefits.


Work search

All workers are required to register for work and to actively seek and report weekly work searches to be eligible for benefits. Failure to register for work or to report required work searches can potentially result in the denial of benefits. A convenient Work Search Log (PDF) is available for recording keeping.

Payment methods

The procedures and policies of Alaska’s UI program are based on Alaska statutes and regulations. Alaska administers different types of UI programs — and when available, State Extended Benefits and Federal Extensions.

Report UI fraud

Alaska law provides severe penalties for attempting to collect benefits fraudulently. Reports of Fraud or suspicion can be reported by email at [email protected]; fax at (907) 269-4835; or phone at (907) 269-4880 or toll free at (877) 272-4635.

Employer resources

Employers can obtain information about the UI Tax program and collection of UI taxes in the Alaska Employer Tax Handbook (PDF). To file tax reports, submit tax payments, view account balances and payment history, visit Employment Security Tax online and click on “On-line Employer Services.”

Tired of filling out paper UI forms? SIDES and SIDES E-Response is your solution! Click here to read more about State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES).

Refusal of Work information for employers

Find links to other resources for employers here.


Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) speaks on federal unemployment benefits - August 6, 2020 [Part 2]
  • Am I eligible to receive benefits?

    You must be totally or partially unemployed through no fault of your own, and you must have earned sufficient wages in the base period. . Also, you must be able and available for full-time work.

  • How do I apply for benefits in Alaska?

    You can apply online or over the phone. A list of the phone numbers for your UI claim center can be found in the Claimant Handbook.

  • How much will I receive?

    Your claim is based on wages paid to you in your base period. The maximum weekly benefit amount in Alaska is $370, and the minimum weekly benefit amount is $56.

  • How long will I receive these benefits?

    The length of time that you will receive benefits is also based on how much you made during the base period. However, benefits lastnot less than 16 weeks but not more than 26 weeks.

  • After I start receiving benefits, what do I have to do to remain eligible?

    You must continue to file bi-weekly (every 2 weeks). Also, you must continue to be able and available for full-time work. You must actively seek employment, while keeping a record of your work search activities. A form to help you do so can be found on Alaska’s unemployment website. To be actively seeking employment, you must contact at least one person who has the authority to hire, submit 1 application or resume, or apply for a job via ALEXsys each week you file for benefits. You must also register for employment with the Alaska Jobs Center within 7 days of your initial application. Finally, you must accept suitable work.

  • I was turned down for benefits. How do I appeal this decision?

    You must appeal within 30 days. Your appeal may be submitted by phone, by fax, by mail, or by e-mail. Also, you must keep filing your bi-weekly claims regularly because you will only be paid for weeks you filed if you win your appeal.

  • For more information on Alaska’s unemployment insurance laws:

    Visit the State of Alaska Website 

    Read the Claimant Handbook 

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    Can I apply for unemployment benefits if my employer stops work due to COVID-19?

    If your employer terminates you, or tells you to stop work for any reason, including COVID-19, you may qualify for unemployment benefits in Alaska. Even if your employer tells you that you can return to work when the business reopens, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits in the meantime. If you apply and receive unemployment benefits, you will be responsible for staying in contact with your employer and returning to work as soon as your employer allows you to. You will also be responsible to report your work searches and any income.

    For more information about unemployment benefits, or to apply, see the Alaska Department of Labor website, call the nearest claim center, or try (888) 252-2557. An online application is available at

    Can I apply for unemployment benefits if I’m unable to work because I contracted COVID-19?

    Prior to September 6th, 2021 there were benefits specifically available to those who were impacted by Covid-19. Those benefits have now expired.
    To receive unemployment benefits a claimant must be unemployed and be ready and able to work. If you are still employed but using sick leave, personal leave, or Family Medical leave you are not eligible for Unemployment Benefits.
    Being too sick to work may mean that you do not qualify for unemployment benefits during the weeks you are unable to work. You may qualify for unemployment benefits if you are still able to do other work in your field by working remotely.

    For more information about unemployment benefits, or to apply, see the Alaska Department of Labor website, call the nearest claim center, or try (888) 252-2557. An online application is available at

    Can I apply for unemployment benefits if my employer has allowed me to work remotely from home, I am working part time, or am on call?

    You can file a claim and your eligibility will be reviewed. You will need to report any hours worked and earnings during each week you file for benefits if you worked that week. It is very important to report hours and earnings if you work to prevent an overpayment of benefits. 

    For more information about unemployment benefits, or to apply, see the Alaska Department of Labor website, call the nearest claim center, or try (888) 252-2557. An online application is available at 

    I have to take care of my children because their school is closed due to COVID-19. Can I apply for unemployment benefits?

    Maybe. Prior to September 5th, 2021, individuals who had to leave work because of a school closure were eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. That program is now expired, but some backdated requests may be eligible.
    Traditional Unemployment requires claimants to be ready and able to work. If you cannot accept full time work because of childcare obligations you may not be eligible for benefits. However, you may still be eligible if you have a compelling reason for being the child care provider, and you have a reasonable prospect of full time work while maintaining your childcare obligation. For example, if night shifts are common in your field, or another job in your field could be done remotely, you may still be eligible for benefits.

    For more information about unemployment benefits, or to apply, see the Alaska Department of Labor website, call the nearest claim center, or try (888) 252-2557. An online application is available at 


    I quit my job to care for an immediate family member because they have contracted COVID-19. Can I apply for unemployment benefits?

    Maybe. The illness of others can be good cause for refusing work if:

    1. The illness required to be physically present with your family member; and
    2. There was no alternative but to refuse the job in order to meet the obligation.

    Caring for your sick child, caring for a sick spouse when there is no other care available, or caring for an immediate family member when there is no other care available may be good cause to refuse work. Not every illness will require you to be physically present or to provide care. Every circumstance is different.

    For more information about unemployment benefits, or to apply, see the Alaska Department of Labor website, call the nearest claim center, or try (888) 252-2557. An online application is available at 

    Do I have to prove I am looking for work to receive unemployment benefits?

    Yes. Workers filing for regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits must actively seek and report timely a required number of work searches, starting with the week in which a claim is filed, unless instructed otherwise. It is important that you follow any instructions on work searches given by the Department of Labor.

    As of October, 2021

    Two work search contacts must be reported when:

    • The worker lives in Alaska and is within 55 road miles of a job center; or resides in another state, Canada, Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.

    One work search contact must be reported when:

    • The worker lives more than 55 road miles from the nearest job center in rural Alaska.


    How long do I have to wait to receive my unemployment benefits?

    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. If you are experiencing a delay in receiving your benefits call (888) 252-2557 or the claim center nearest you. You may also be able to review your benefits on your MyAlaska account.


    I received a notice that my application was denied or my benefits were stopped. What can I do now?

    Any time you receive a notice that your benefits were denied, changed, or that you owe the division for an overpayment, it is extremely important that you act quickly. It is also important that you respond quickly to notices finding that you voluntarily quit a job without good cause, refused an offer of work, or were fired for misconduct.
    Once the notice is issued you have 30 days to appeal. You have an additional three days to appeal any determination sent to you by mail. If the last day of the time limit falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, you have until the next business day to file the appeal.

    To file an appeal you need to contact the Appeal Tribunal Office and request an appeal. You can file an appeal by Email, Fax, Mail, or Phone.
    The contact information for the Appeal Tribunal is:
         P.O. Box 115509
         Juneau, AK 99811-5509
         Phone: (800) 232-4762
         Fax: (907) 465-3374
         Email: [email protected]

    I received an "overpayment" notice saying I owe money because of unemployment benefits. What do I do now?

    If you receive an overpayment notice it is extremely important you act quickly. Just like denials, overpayment determinations must be appealed within 30 days.

    To appeal you need to contact the Appeal Tribunal office and request an appeal. The contact information for the Appeal Tribunal is:
         P.O. Box 115509
         Juneau, AK 99811-5509
         Phone: (800) 232-4762
         Fax: (907) 465-3374
    In addition to challenging the determination that you have an overpayment, you may also be eligible for waiver of the debt. To apply for waiver you need to request waiver from the Benefit Payment Control Unit within 30 days. You can do that by contacting the office directly or by submitting an application.

    The contact information for the Benefit Control Office is:
         Benefit Payment Control Unit
         Email: [email protected]
         Phone: (907) 465-2863/(888) 810-6789
         Fax: (907) 465-6010
    The waiver application is available online at the Department of Labor website.


    Where can I find more information on appealing and waivers?

    Learn More
    For more information on how to protect you and your family from COVID-19, visit:
    Legal Help
    Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) provides free civil, non-criminal, legal help to eligible clients. ALSC is accepting intake applications through our toll-free intake line at 1-888-478-2572 or by filling out an application.
    Legal Forms

    To apply for unemployment benefits, see the Alaska Department of Labor website, call the nearest claim center, or try (888) 252-2557. An online application is available at 

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    Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) speaks on federal unemployment benefits - August 6, 2020.

    Alaska Unemployment Application

    You can file an initial claim for unemployment benefits two ways, online or calling a UI Claim Center.

    To file online, login to and click on “Unemployment Insurance Benefits”. If you call, a UI claim center representative can take your information over the phone.

    If you cannot call any of the numbers, without paying long distance fees call 1-888-252-2557 and you will be routed to the nearest claim center.

    Note: After you have opened your UI claim, you can file for biweekly benefits online at the above website or over the phone by calling an automated telephone claim filing system known as VICTOR.

    Information Needed While Applying

    Whether filing for benefits online or by telephone, you will be asked to provide basic information about yourself such as:

    1. Name
    2. Address
    3. Social security number
    4. Name, address, and telephone number of your last employer
    5. Your last day worked
    6. Reason for leaving the job
    7. Wages earned during the last week of employment
    8. If you are not a US citizen or national, you will need your Alien Registration Number, expiration date and document type

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