Filing an Unemployment Claim - Alaska

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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Madeline Messa

Madeline Messa is a 3L at Syracuse University College of Law. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. With her legal research and writing for Workplace Fairness, she strives to equip people with the information they need to be their own best advocate.