File and Collect Alaska Unemployment

The U.S. economy is currently struggling to rebuild itself into the thriving market that it once was. Many workers are out of work and discouraged. However, the federal government has unemployment agencies across the nation that assists the unemployed in their job search and help unemployed workers collect unemployment benefits. In Alaska, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development is the agency responsible for assisting citizens with filing for unemployment insurance.

File for Unemployment

Filing an unemployment claim in Alaska is easy. Simply visit the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce website at to file a claim. Before you begin your application, you must have the following information available:

  • Your social security number
  • Your name, phone number and mailing address
  • The name, phone number and address of every employer you had in the past 18 months
  • The starting and ending dates for all employment you had in the past 18 months
  • Form DD214, for military only
  • Alien Registration number, for non-citizens only

After you have gathered the above information, you must log in to the system by choosing a user name and password to file unemployment. This logon information must be entered every time you wish to view your personal information online. After you have logged on, you can begin your initial application. Filing unemployment requires you to enter information regarding your work history and contact information. The application can be completed in about 30 minutes. If you have questions about unemployment filing, visit the FAQ page and read through the list of frequently asked questions and answers. If your question(s) is not answered there, contact the call center at (907) 465-5552.

How to Collect Unemployment

After your application has been processed, you will receive notification via mail. If eligible for unemployment, the notice will inform you of any further steps you must take to collect your benefits. The state may require you to satisfy certain job search requirements, and you will be notified of this accordingly. You may also be required to re-certify either weekly or bi-weekly. Re-certification generally involves logging on to the website and answering a few simple questions about your job search and current employment status. Re-certification must be completed as long as you remain unemployed. Each U.S. state has rules regarding the number of weeks you may collect unemployment. Any questions regarding eligibility in Alaska must be directed to customer service at (907) 465-5552.

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