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Alaska Unemployment Eligibility

In order to collect jobless benefits in Alaska, you must meet the following requirements.

Non Monetary Eligibility

  • You must be unemployed through no fault of your own
  • You must be available, able and actively seeking full-time work
  • You must register for employment with ALEXsys and must post a resume online if notified at the time of filing
  • You must quit or get fired for “good cause” connected with work

Monetary Eligibility

Generally, the two major criteria are:

  • Wage credits from an employer that is subject to unemployment insurance laws (covered employment)
  • A total gross income of at least $2,500 earned over two calendar quarters of your base period

Covered employment: Covered employment is work done for an employer who is bound by Alaska Statute to pay an Unemployment Insurance Tax for their workers.

Base Period: The Regular Base Period for Alaska is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the quarter in which a claim for benefits is filed.

Alternate Base Period: If you do not have sufficient wages in the base period for an eligible claim, you will be placed on an alternate base period which is the last four completed calendar quarters before the quarter in which you file your claim.

Eligibility Questions

What if I quit my job or was discharged by my employer?

Generally speaking, a worker must be out of work through no fault of their own to be eligible for benefits without penalty. If it is determined that you voluntarily quit without good cause or you were discharged for misconduct, there will be a six week disqualification period. This disqualification will begin the first week you are unemployed and will continue through the following five weeks. In addition to the disqualification period, there will also be a three week reduction of payments and you will not be eligible for Extended Benefits.

What happens if I am laid off from my job?

There is no penalty or reduction in UI benefits if you are laid off. Your employer will be sent a notice to verify that you were laid off.

Unemployment benefits are designed to help those who lost their jobs through reasons beyond their own control.

If you get laid off because the business can’t afford, you are usually eligible for unemployment benefits. If you were laid off because you weren’t right for the job, then also you may be eligible to collect unemployment.

When you get laid-off, it is not your fault. Getting laid-off doesn’t mean that you were fired or you did something wrong. Once you get laid-off from your job, you should immediately apply for unemployment benefits.

Can I collect benefits if I am not a United States citizen?

To collect UI benefits, aliens must establish that they were in satisfactory immigration status and authorized to work in the United States when earning the wages that their claim is based on. In addition, the claimant must provide proof that they remain in satisfactory immigration status and are authorized to work each week that benefits are claimed. The UI claim center will verify immigration status and work authorization through an electronic system maintained by the US Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services.

What if I am living in another state, but have worked in Alaska?

If all of your work in the last 18 months has been in Alaska, you will need to file a new claim for unemployment benefits on the Internet or by calling the Juneau UI claim center at 1-888-252-2557.

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Questions & Answers

  1. George Johnson says:

    I was called in for two days of work last week. Does this make me ineligible to file for unemployment for that week?

    • Sam says:

      If you’ve worked and earned income during a specific week, you will not be eligible to claim.

      Please speak to a member of the Claims Center on phone for further instructions.

  2. Mike says:

    I am currently qualified for unemployment insurance, but am considering returning to college to study nursing. Will this affect my unemployment benefits?

    • Martin says:

      It will have an effect since you will not be able to take up employment.

      Please contact the Unemployment Office to see if there is an exception since some vocational courses are permissible.

  3. Chuck says:

    I 16 years in USAF as an aircraft mechanic, then 18 years in construction.

    I’m currently working as a mechanic.

    Recently, (6 months ago) had surgery for hand and foot.

    Having real trouble doing my job. Can hardly walk ladders are the devil.

    I want to find a more administrative type job.

    Will I be able to collect UI if I leave this job?

    I don’t want to not do my job and get fired, never been fired. But, the pain is becoming more than I can handle and not really qualified for much else.

    Any suggestions?

    • Martin says:

      Unfortunately, personal reasons such as health are not considered.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further assistance.

  4. Aaron says:

    I had an on-call part-time job but I had to let it go due to the hours conflicting with my college classes. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?

  5. Brandon H says:

    My situation is unique. I work for an oil company and when lay offs came they gave us two options…take a “LOA” (leave of absence) or take a RIF (reduction in force). If we took the LOA and work picked back up,…we were able to come back immediately…and this was strongly encouraged. If we took the RIF we were then forced to the back of the line to come back…we’d have to re-apply, was no guarantee we would be hired again, ect. This “LOA” is scheduled to Jan 1 at the EARLIEST. Can I file for unemployment until then?….Thanks

    • Martin says:

      Not sure if you can qualify for benefits towards a temporary break.

      Please check with the labor authorities in your state and apply accordingly.

  6. Stephanie Burton says:

    If I am let go because I have “excessive” abscences due to illness and because I needed to care for a family memeber when they were ill, and I did not qualify for FMLA at the time, am I eligible to collect unemployment?

  7. Eric Morrison says:

    my wife is taking a job away from my residence. Soon she will be awarded a permanent position.I have been looking for work on that location on line but if I cant find a job by her start date and we have to move can I collect unemployment if I quit my job here and look for work at my wifes new job location?

  8. david birney says:

    I am a federal civil service employee stationed in England with the USAF. I am an Alaska resident. If I am furloughed, along with 800,000 other federal workers, am I eligible to apply for unemployment benefits with Alaska?

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