Unemployment Insurance (UI) in Alaska is handled by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development (ADLWD). Unemployment benefits in Alaska are only provided to applicants who have lost their job for no fault of their own.
The Division of Employment and Training Services (DETS) provides opportunities such as labor exchange, training and employment services, and unemployment insurance for job seekers in the state. The DETS also provides a system that connects job-seekers to potential employers.
Get a better understanding of the services provided by the ADLWD such as eligibility requirements, documents required to file for benefits, benefit extensions and others.
Eligibility To Apply For UI Benefits in Alaska
To receive unemployment benefits in Alaska you must satisfy certain requirements set by the ADLWD such as monetary eligibility, job separation requirements, and job search requirements to be eligible for UI.
To be eligible for Unemployment Insurance in Alaska, you must meet certain monetary eligibility requirements like you should have earned a minimum wage during the base period. Unemployment claims are based on your first four of the last five completed calendar quarters from the time you file your claim.
Your base period is a time frame of 18 months which is used to define your monetary eligibility. Your weekly unemployment benefits range from 16 to 26 weeks depending on your amount and distribution of wages paid in your base period.
To qualify for Alaska UI in the state you have to meet the following requirements:
You should have earned wages from covered employment during your base period
You must have a total gross income of 2,500 earned over two calendar quarters of your base period
Your weekly benefits should amount to a maximum of $370 and a minimum of $56
Allowance For Dependents
A dependent is your child, stepchild, (by marriage) legally adopted child or court-appointed legal ward. You may receive an additional allowance of $24 per week, per child for up to three children. If your dependent is unmarried and under the age of 18 and has a permanent disability, you may need to provide some documentation for dependent allowance eligibility.
The dependents must live with you or you must confirm that you contributed to more than 50 percent of the dependent’s support. Over the period of the last 12 months or since the loss of custody. At any point in time, you can add a dependent to your claim anytime during your benefit year, before exhausting your regular benefits.
A six-week disqualification may be applied if you quit your job or were fired for misconduct.
ADLWD has designed two types of base periods used to determine your monetary eligibility which are:
A regular base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters which immediately preceded the effective date of your new claim. If you cannot qualify for the regular base period you can be eligible for UI under the alternative base period.
The alternative base period is the last four completed quarters earlier to the effective date of your new claim. More recently earned wages are calculated through the alternative base period.
If you live in another state but have worked in Alaska, you can file a claim in Alaska. To file an interstate claim call 1-888-252-2557. If you worked in more than one state in the last two years, you can qualify for a Combined Wage Claim. Eligibility is based on combining all the wage credits for each state.
Once your monetary benefits are established, the second step for qualification will be to make sure that you lost their job for no fault of your own. You must meet certain criteria to be eligible for unemployment benefits in Alaska.
If it is determined that you voluntarily quit your job, or were fired for misconduct, there will be a six week disqualification period. The disqualification begins in the first week you were unemployed and continues through for the following five weeks. There will also be a three-week reduction of payments in addition to the disqualification. You will also not be eligible for extended benefits.
You did not lose your job for any fault of yours
You will be eligible for UI if you had no choice but were forced to leave by your employer
If you were laid off by an employer due to lack of work you will be eligible for Alaska Unemployment Insurance
If you have neglected work and disregard your employer you will not be eligible for unemployment benefits in the state of Alaska
If you failed to comply with the terms and conditions or any law and contract of your previous employer you will not be eligible for Unemployment Insurance in Alaska
All unemployed applicants will not be eligible for unemployment insurance in Alaska. Only those applicants who meet the eligibility criteria set by the ADLWD will be eligible for UI in Alaska.
Once you meet monetary eligibility and job search requirements, you must maintain their eligibility weekly to qualify for Alaska unemployment benefits. Failure to maintain eligibility will lead to a disruption in your weekly benefits. You should also note the following points to maintain your eligibility during the benefits week.
You should be physically fit and should seek and accept suitable full-time work
You are expected to be flexible in their work search and accept suitable work even if the pay is less than you earned in your previous job
Two work search contacts should be reported when the worker lives in Alaska and is within 55 miles of a job center, or lives in other states
One work search contact should be reported when the worker lives more than 55 miles from the nearest job center in rural Alaska
You should contact an employer who has the authority to hire and have suitable job openings in the applicant’s skillset
Every work search report should include:
The date the worker contacted the employer
Name of the employer
Method to contact the employer
Employer’s phone number, mailing address, website or email address
You must certify for benefits each week by providing a certificate while applying for benefits. The information on the certificate will show if you have met with all the eligibility criteria during the week.
Additional information may be required. If you are asked to provide additional information contact the claim center page, you should do so or your benefits may be denied.
There are several options available on the page depending on your claim status:
File a new claim or resume a present claim
File for extended benefits if available
File for biweekly UI benefits
Current claim status and job search requirements
Debit card account information
Find a job ALEXsys
1099G Tax Information
You can also file for unemployment benefits in Alaska through a phone call. The state of Alaska has an automated filing system called Victor. Victor has limited working hours residents living more than 55 road miles away from an Alaska job center, may file their benefits from Wednesday to Saturday 6 a.m-7 p.m. Alaska Standard Time.
Other Victor filers can file on Thursdays, 6 a.m -7 p.m. The Victor phone numbers are as follows:
Anchorage (907) 277-0963
Fairbanks (907) 451-6126
Juneau (907) 586-4650
If you live in a remote location that does not have access to broadband you may dial the toll-free number at (888) 222-9989.
How To File Weekly Claims?
In the state of Alaska, you have to file biweekly claims in order to receive benefits. Once your claim is opened or you reopen an existing claim you will be provided with dates when to file your biweekly claims. You must file your claims every two weeks to receive benefits.
File your biweekly claim within seven days after the last Saturday of your two week claim period. If you file your claims late they may be disqualified.
Our UI Benefits Calculator helps you determine how many weekly benefits you may receive in the state of Alaska.
Disclaimer: The estimates are good in faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for any loss and damages caused by using the tools on our website. This calculator is here to assist you in evaluating what you might obtain if you are entitled to receive benefits. We make no promises that the sum you receive will be equal to what the calculator illustrates.
Once you have filed for Unemployment Insurance, you will start receiving weekly benefits. You should be aware of the rules and regulations imposed throughout the benefit period. You must also know about the various services provided to job-seekers by the DETS.
The Benefit Control (BPC) is federally mandated to protect the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. The BPC prevents, discourages, detects, investigates, and recovers unemployment Insurance benefit overpayments.
Overpayments And Fraud
Overpayments occur when you receive extra UI benefits than you are eligible to receive. The common causes of overpayments arise due to decisions taken by claim representatives or claim auditors which regard an existing UI claim. Such as elimination of dependency allowance, revised deductible income, a monetary decision from wage corrections and appeal decisions.
If an overpayment is discovered or redetermined, the system automatically creates a dated description of the overpayment summary and mails you. You must review the document and contact the Audit and Recovery at 1-888-810-6789 If you have any questions. You have 30 days from the date of mailing to appeal to the notice of liability.
How To Repay Overpayment Benefits?
Monthly statements are sent with an overpayment balance
Once the payment is made in full a statement is sent showing the account has a zero balance
You can repay overpayments by calling (888) 810 6789 and providing a valid debit/credit card. You can also send a money order or check to:
DOLWD/Employment and Training Services
Audit & Recovery, BPC
PO Box 115505
You can also make individual payments in Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks offices. Make sure to contact the office before making an individual payment.
A fraud takes place when you make a false statement, misrepresent, or withhold information in order to increase unemployment benefits. Unemployment benefits received during the weeks in which fraudulent information was submitted has to be repaid with a penalty which equals 50% of overpayment.
If you are found committing fraud:
You will be disqualified from receiving any future benefits
The disqualification period lasts for six weeks up to a maximum of 52 weeks
The case can be referred to the District Attorney or U.S. attorney depending on the amount of fraudulent overpayment
Penalties can include imprisonment and fines, administrative penalties, and disqualification penalties
The ADLWD has several automated computer programs to detect fraud which are :
Quarterly crossmatch of wage information with the data you provided for filing unemployment benefits
Reports from employers based on new hires
Tips by telephone, mail or internet made by the public
Quality Control Audits
Claim Center Referrals
The maximum time period for unemployment benefits in Alaska is 26 weeks if exhausted no alternative exists in the state. The state of Alabama offers extended benefits programs only when the unemployment rate is high. Check with the Department to know more about the benefits extension.
Job Training Assistance
The DETS provides many training programs for potential employees to qualify and receive high demand jobs that lead to financial self-sufficiency. Training programs are available to all unemployed applicants, youth, adults, and dislocated workers throughout the state of Alaska.
DETS provides the following services to potential employers:
Overseas an online no-fee labor exchange system which connects potential job-seekers and employers
Assists job-seekers with employment-related services such as resume development, interviewing skills, placing job orders, recruitment services, providing outreach, and providing information on hiring services
Provide training, support services, job search, and relocation assistance
Short term training which upgrades and enhances job skills
Skills, Aptitude, and Interest assessment
On-the-job training with private employers
Education and job training services featured through the eligible training providers list
Provide older workers to gain work readiness skills which allow them to achieve employment and gain self-sufficiency
Q. How much time do applicants have to file a claim after termination?
Claims for minimum wages or unpaid overtime should be filed within two years from the date the work was actually performed. Straight wages claims and other promised benefits should be filed within 3 years from the date the work was actually performed.
Applicants should file claims as soon as they are aware that they may be owed additional wages.
Q. What information do employers put on my pay stub?
Information on your pay stub should include how long you worked for, how much you earned and how much you were paid for. Pay stubs must include the number of straight-time and overtime hours applicants actually worked for.
Your stub should also include your rate of pay, your gross wages, your deductions for taxes, and other deductions you have authorized your employer to make. Always make sure your pay stub includes the beginning and the ending of your pay period.
Q. Will my previous employer be contacted?
Your previous employer will be contacted. When applicants open their new claim, they will need to report their last employer. The dates of employment and the reason you are no longer working. A notice of filing will be sent to your previous employer to confirm the information which the applicant provided.
The information provided by applicants is required to decide your eligibility according to state law and regulations. Every circumstance is different and determined individually once all the information is obtained. Once the determination is made the applicant and the employer will be notified by mail.
Q. During the base period if I have worked in other states what will happen?
Claimants can be eligible for a combined wage claim. Earnings from covered employment in any state during the last 18 months can potentially be combined to establish a new wage. Claimants can choose to file a combined wage claim in any of the states where the claimant worked. You should report work in all states when opening your new claim as it may result in a higher weekly benefit amount. If your claim is opened online and you report earnings from another state. It’s your responsibility to contact the claim center. You must give the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) access to add wages earned in another state to your Alaska claim.
Each state has different weekly benefits, to learn more about UI programs in other states log on www.careeronestop.org/localhelp/unemploymentbenefits/.
Q. If I am not a United States Citizen can I collect benefits?
Yes, you can collect benefits if you are not a United States citizen. You must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. when opening a new claim. You will be required to provide documentation of your work authorization. Your work authorization will be verified by the U.S Department of Homeland Security.
Q. After my termination how soon do I have to be paid?
If terminated by your employer you must be paid all your money dues within three working days, after the date of your termination. This does not include weekends, holidays, and the actual day you were terminated. If you quit your job you must be paid by the next regular payday. Which is at least three working days after the day your employer received notice of your leaving.
Q. What is the minimum wage in Alaska for an employee?
The minimum wage in Alaska is $9.89 per hour. Which is calculated by multiplying all hours worked in the pay period by $9.89. This is the least that employees can be paid in the state of Alaska. If an employee earns below $9.89 he/she must immediately report it to the DETS.
Q. Will I be eligible for unemployment benefits if there is a disaster in Alaska?
If applicants become unemployed because of a disaster they can be eligible for unemployment benefits up to 26 weeks under the special unemployment assistance. Once the federal government declares a disaster in the state of Alaska. Fema personnel will issue DUA programs to all those unemployed in specific areas. The major natural disasters in Alaska are earthquakes, floods, landslides, avalanches, forest fires, and tsunamis.
Q. What is a UCB-25 Notice?
The UCB-25 notice is a notice you will receive because you have received overpayment unemployment insurance for a week. You must repay your overpayments immediately. Your date for the original overpayment decision is shown on the UCB- 25.