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Filing an Unemployment Claim – Alaska

    1. Am I eligible to receive benefits?

      You must be totally or partially unemployed through no fault of your own, and you must have earned sufficient wages in your base period (the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters before the start date of your claim, or alternatively, the last 4 quarters). Also, you must be able and available for full-time work.

    2. How do I apply for benefits in Alaska?

      You can apply online at http://www.labor.state.ak.us/esd_unemployment_insurance/ or over the phone.

    3. How much will I receive?

      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.

    4. How long will I receive these benefits?

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

    5. After I start receiving benefits, what do I have to do to remain eligible?

      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 here (http://www.labor.state.ak.us/esd_unemployment_insurance/work_search_log.pdf). 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 http://jobs.alaska.gov/ within 7 days of your initial application. Finally, you must accept suitable work.

    6. I was turned down for benefits. How do I appeal this decision?

      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.

    7. For more information on Alaska’s unemployment insurance laws:

      Visit the State of Alaska Website http://www.labor.state.ak.us/esd_unemployment_insurance/

      Read the Claimant Handbook http://www.labor.state.ak.us/esd_unemployment_insurance/uihandbook.pdf

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