How to File and Collect Unemployment Benefits in Alaska

If you lose your job suddenly, you may not know which way to turn. Your bills are continuing to pile up, but no money is coming in. If you lose your job through no fault of your own or are laid off, you should file an unemployment claim. You can file a claim for unemployment benefits online at, over the phone by calling 1-888-252-2557, or in person during business hours.

To file in person, you must find the closest unemployment office to you. There are three main offices that are also available to answer any questions you may have: Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks. To qualify for unemployment compensation, you must have worked for a certain period of time and be looking for work. You must be able to work - you can't collect unemployment if you are disabled. Also, if you were fired from your last job, it is not likely that you will be found eligible for compensation for unemployment.

During peoples initial unemployment claims, they must answer personal questions about themselves and the last employer(s) they worked for, and why they are no longer employed. Also, you must post a resume on Alaska's Labor Exchange System within seven days of your initial claim. If you fail to do this, your benefits will be discontinued. When you contact unemployment, you must file a bi-weekly claim to continue to receive benefits. You may not hear from Alaska's Unemployment Insurance division for a couple of weeks since your initial claim, (even if you are not approved you can file an appeal), and if you are approved, you will receive the benefits from the weeks you filed.

 Anyone who claims unemployment will only get their bi-weekly benefits if they file the bi-weekly claim with Alaska's Unemployment Insurance. You have the option of receiving payments through a special debit card or having your benefits directly deposited into your bank account.

In the event that you are not approved for unemployment, you have the option to file for an appeal. You will attend an appeal hearing where you will be able to present all of the information you originally provided to apply for unemployment. It is encouraged that you bring any additional information that supports the reason that you should receive unemployment.

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