Alaska Weekly Unemployment Application and What to Expect

Anyone who needs to work for a living knows how difficult it is to have any security when it comes to finances, not to mention the emotional toll of it all. With unemployment relatively high throughout the United States, even in Alaska, it is important to know how to file an unemployment weekly claim. It is important to know that the benefits are actually paid on a bi-weekly basis.

Alaska’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program helps unemployed workers receive UI benefits. Since Alaska has many remote areas that have seasonal work, the payments help to the worker and the local economies.

Who qualifies for unemployment insurance?

There are three criteria for being eligible for Alaska's weekly unemployment benefits. The worker needs to have had a total gross income, over two quarters, of at least $2,500. The employer needs to have paid Unemployment Insurance Tax for their workers. And the worker needs to available and actively seeking full time employment. Also, the worker needs to be out of work through no fault of their own. If the worker quit or was fired for misconduct, there is a six week disqualification period, a three week reduction of payments, and the worker will not be eligible for Extended Benefits.

How to Apply

Unemployment weekly benefits should be applied for as soon as the employee is working less than full-time. When this happens, the worker can apply either online or by calling a UI Claim Center where information is taken over the phone. Information that will be needed is name, address, social security number, last day worked, reason for leaving, wages earned during the last week of employment, and if the applicant is a US citizen or national. They will also need the employer's name, address, and telephone number. This information will help determine eligibility for a weekly unemployment claim.

The weekly claim for unemployment is determined by the amount of wages that were earned during the base period. The typical amount ranges from $56 to $370 per week. Dependent children may add an addition $24 per week.

What next?

The length of time to claim weekly unemployment begins on the Sunday of the week filed, and can last 16 to 26 weeks. If the benefits run out during the 52 weeks of the benefit year, the worker can apply for Extended Benefits (EB). Payments are deposited on a UI debit card or direct deposited in a bank account. These unemployment payments are taxable and an IRS 1099 will be mailed in January.

Having this information at hand will the unemployed worker get the benefits they need. The worker and their families will be able to sustain during these difficult financial times.

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