Alaska Unemployment Benefits
Unemployment Insurance 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, and benefit extensions and others.
Eligibility To Apply For UI Benefits in Alaska
To gain unemployment benefits in Alaska applicants must satisfy certain requirements set by the ADLWD such as monetary eligibility, job separation requirements, and job search requirements to be eligible for UI. Applicants must maintain their eligibility in all aspects to remain eligible throughout the benefit period.
To be eligible for unemployment insurance in Alaska, applicants must meet certain monetary eligibility requirements. Applicants 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 be eligible for 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 to applicants 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 with 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 an applicant lives in another state but has worked in Alaska he/she can file a claim in Alaska. To file an interstate claim call 1-888-252-2557. If a claimant worked in more than one state in the last two years, the claimant 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 the applicant lost their job for no fault of their own. Applicants have to 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. Applicants 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 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 applicants meet monetary eligibility and job search requirements, applicants must maintain their eligibility weekly to qualify for UI in Alaska. Failure to maintain eligibility will lead to a disruption in your weekly benefits. Applicants should take note of the following points to maintain their eligibility during the benefits week.
- Applicants should be physically fit and should seek and accept suitable full-time work
- Applicants 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
- An applicant 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
Applicants must certify for benefits each week by providing a certificate while applying for benefits. The information on the certificate will show if the applicant has met with all the eligibility criteria during the week.
How to Apply for UI Benefits in Alaska?
Applicants must have the following documents in order to file for unemployment insurance in Alaska.
Filing unemployment benefits online is a quick and easy way to file your benefits. Log on to https://my.alaska.gov/ and select Unemployment Insurance Benefits. Applicants can file for unemployment insurance in Alaska 24 hours a day, and 7 days a 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
- Direct Deposit
- 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.pm. Alaska Standard Time.
Other Victor filers can file on Thursdays, 6 a.m -7. The Victor phone numbers are as follows:
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, applicants 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. Applicants must file their 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 applicants file their claims late they may be disqualified.
UI Benefits Amount
Our UI Benefits Calculator helps you determine how many weekly benefits you may receive in the state of Alaska.
Things to Know After Filing An Application
Once applicants have filed for unemployment Insurance, claimants will start receiving weekly benefits. Applicants should be aware of the rules and regulations imposed throughout the benefit period. Applicants 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 more money or extra UI benefits are credited to the individual than he/she is 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 it to the applicant. Applicants 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.
Hot to repay overpayment benefits?
- Monthly statements are sent to applicants with an overpayment balance
- Once the payment is made in full a statement is sent showing the account has a zero balance
Applicants can repay overpayments by calling (888) 810 6789 and providing a valid debit/credit card. Applicants can also send a money order or check to:
DOLWD/Employment and Training Services
Audit & Recovery, BPC
PO Box 115505
Claimants can also make individual payments in Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks office.
Make sure to contact the office before making an individual payment.
A Fraud takes place when a claimant makes a false statement, misrepresents, or withholds 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 the applicant is found committing fraud.
- The applicant 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 provided by applicants 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
- Government records
Currently, the state of Alabama does not offer any extended benefits programs to its applicants. The maximum time period for unemployment benefits in Alaska is 26 weeks if exhausted no alternative exists in the state.
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
- Apprenticeship opportunities
- 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
The Alaska job center network is located throughout the state and helps potential employees gain employment. In addition to this, the DETS also provides an array of services to employees such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, State Training Employment Program, and the Trade Adjustment Assistance program.