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Alaska Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Requirements

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS?

Eligibility_RequirementsIndividuals should apply for benefits as soon as they are unemployed or working less than full-time. Weekly benefits are not paid retroactively, so the sooner you file, the sooner you may be eligible for benefits.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR ALASKA UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE?
You can file an initial claim for unemployment benefits two ways, online or calling a UI Claim Center. To file online login to myalaska.state.ak.us and click on “Unemployment Insurance Benefits”.

WHAT INFORMATION DO I NEED WHEN I APPLY?
Whether filing for benefits online or by telephone, you will be asked to provide basic information about yourself such as:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Social security number
  • Name, address, and telephone number of your last employer
  • Your last day worked
  • Reason for leaving the job
  • Wages earned during the last week of employment
  • If you are not a US citizen or national, you will need your Alien Registration Number, expiration date and document type

Eligibility for Unemployment Insurance

WHAT IS ABLE AND AVAILABLE?
You must be physically able to perform work in your usual occupation. If you are not able to work in your usual occupation, you may be asked to submit medical evidence of your ability to do other types of work.

You must also be available to accept full-time work in any occupation that is consistent with your prior training and experience. If you restrict hours, wages, or conditions of employment to a point which will limit your chance of obtaining work, it may be determined that you are not available for work.

WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO ACCEPT WORK DUE TO AN ILLNESS OR INJURY?
You may be eligible for a 6-week medical waiver of availability based on the circumstances of your illness. You must also have filed for, and been eligible for benefits the week prior to your illness. If you become ill or injured while you are filing for benefits, you should contact your claim center and provide the necessary information as soon as possible.

DO I NEED TO REGISTER FOR WORK?
Depending on your circumstances, you may be required to register for work to be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. You will be notified at the time of filing if you need to register. If notified, you need to register and create a resume online in ALEXsys atjobs.alaska.gov. Failure to do so will result in denial of your unemployment insurance benefits. read more

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