Alaska Unemployment Insurance general information
Information you need before filing
- Your Social Security Number
- If not a U.S. citizen, your alien registration number, work permit type, passport number and expiration date
- Name of last employer, mailing address and phone
- Dates of employment
- Hours and gross wages earned in your last week of work
- Gross amount of holiday, vacation, severance or bonus received the last week you worked
- If you worked for the federal government in the past 18 months you will need SF8 or SF50
- If you were active duty military in the past 18 months, copy 4 of your DD214
- Retirement information if currently receiving retirement payments
- You must be able and available to accept full-time work in any occupation that is consistent with your prior training and experience.
- You must have transportation (car, bus, walk, etc.), and child care available if work is offered.
- Employers and the Alaska job center both must be able to contact you.
- You are required to actively seek suitable work and report valid work search contacts for each week you are claiming benefits, unless you have been instructed otherwise.
- You can travel in search of work for up to four weeks, provided you make a reasonable effort to find work, which includes two documented in-person work searches each week.
- You may be eligible to receive benefits while attending approved vocational or academic training.
UI services are provided through the Internet 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To file online, log on to my.alaska.gov and click on “Unemployment Insurance Benefits.” From this website you can:
- File a new claim, reopen an existing claim
- File for weekly benefit payments - Benefits are paid weekly. Once you have opened a claim, you need to file every week to receive payments. Each week starts on Sunday and ends at midnight on Saturday.
- View claim status - last payment, current mailing address and account status
- Direct deposit - start, change or verify direct deposit account
- Debit card - enrollment
- ALEXsys - get help finding a job
- 1099/Tax information
Filing a new claim
- The effective date of your claim is Sunday of the week in which you file your claim.
- A benefit year is typically 52 weeks, sometimes 53 weeks, following the effective date of your claim.
- For questions, contact the claim center or visit us at labor.alaska.gov/unemployment.
Amount/duration of benefits
The maximum weekly benefit amount in Alaska is $370. The minimum weekly benefit amount is $56. Your claim is based on wages paid to you in the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters from when you file your claim.
If you do not qualify, we will use wages earned in the last four completed calendar quarters from when you file your claim. The duration of benefits is 16 to 26 weeks depending on the amount and distribution of wages paid in the base period.
Allowance for dependents
You may be eligible to receive an additional allowance of $24 per week per child for up to three children. A dependent is your unmarried child, stepchild, legally adopted child or court-appointed legal ward. Your dependent must be under the age of 18, unless he or she has a long-term disability.
A dependent must live with you, or you must certify that you provide more than 50 percent of the dependent’s support over the past 12 months or since the loss of custody. You may be requested to provide documentation for dependent allowance eligibility.
The first eligible week of your claim is called a waiting week. You do not receive payment for this week, yet you must file to get credit for the week before benefits can be paid.
How wages affect your benefits
You can earn $50 weekly without reducing your benefit check, but you must report the wages in the week you earn them even if you have not been paid yet. Your benefit check will be reduced by $.75 for each dollar you earn over $50. Wages include room and board, tips, commission, goods, barter, stipend, honorarium, per diem, COLA, payment for jury duty, and back pay awards.
Payment of benefits
All UI benefit payments will be disbursed electronically by direct deposit or debit card, which you can sign up for online. If direct deposit is not established, a debit card will be sent. Electronic payment is deposited approximately five days after filing weekly certificates.
Benefits are taxable
UI benefits are taxable income. You may request that 10 percent of benefits be withheld for taxes.
Registration for work
If you are in Alaska and advised to do so, you must register for work. Go online to the Alaska Job Center Network at jobs.alaska.gov, and create and post an online resumé. Your resumé must remain online for continued eligibility. This must be completed within seven days of filing your new or re-opened claim.
Reemployment Services are available for job seekers, especially UI claimants, who are seeking information that will lead to the rapid return to suitable work. Employment and training resources are available through the Alaska job centers. Register in AlaskaJobs at alaskajobs.alaska.gov and view the Reemployment Services Orientation from the profile page.
Alaska law provides severe penalties for attempting to collect benefits to which you are not entitled. For UI purposes, fraud is knowingly making a false statement, misrepresenting a material fact or withholding information to obtain benefits. You will be required to repay the benefits. All fraud cases are subject to criminal prosecution, fines and imprisonment.
UI General Information Brochure (PDF printable version)