Alaska Unemployment Offices

Eligibility Requirements for Unemployment Insurance in Alaska

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development is the government agency tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that Unemployment Insurance in the state is distributed to eligible claimants. The agency is also expected to look after concerns other than unemployment insurance which affect the population of workers. The basic eligibility requirements have need of the claimant to (1) not have lost his job through his own fault, (2) must be continuously looking for a job to continue enjoying the benefits, and (3) and is willing to readily available for a job at anytime one which is applicable to his work experience is available.

There are three major criteria for the unemployed to receive benefits. First, the wage credits from his employer must come in handy. This is also called as “covered employment”. When an employer has a certificate proving that the business is registered with the Department of Labor or the Employment Security Division, this means that the employer follows the Alaska Statute requiring all employers to pay Unemployment Insurance Tax for their employees.

Second, a claimant’s total gross income should be $2,500 earned over two calendar quarters of his base period. Generally, the base period represents the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the quarter in which the claim for unemployment insurance is filed. As an example, if you filed your claim on April, May or June 2012, then the base period is January to December 2011; this also means that your total gross earnings from January to December 2011 should be equal to or more than $2,500.

Third, for every week you claim your UI you should prove that you pass the continuing eligibility requirements. You are able, capable, and actively seeking for work.

The next step is to submit the necessary documents or information needed in filing a claim. They are necessary whether you file online or through telephone. These are:

1. Name
2. Address
3. Social Security Number
4. Employer information: name, address, contact number of last employer
5. Date last went to work
6. Reason for unemployment
7. Wages received during last week of work
8. Alien Registration Number, document type and expiration date for non-US citizen or national

Online Application for Unemployment Insurance in Alaska

To file online, you only need to log in on this website: Just go to “Unemployment Insurance Benefits” under the subtitle “Service for Individuals”. Take note that you will have to create your own account on the site. Aside from filing a new claim, you may also re-open an existing claim, file for bi-weekly benefits, sign up for direct deposit or debit card, as well as get help finding a job.

Phone Application for Unemployment Insurance in Alaska

The automated telephone claim filing system in Alaska is known as VICTOR. You can only access VICTOR if you have a Personal Identification Number. The PIN is set up during your first call to VICTOR. Through VICTOR you can file you UI claim, check status of your benefit payments, and also to set up direct deposit of UI payments to your bank account.

After completing your phone or online application, you will receive a mail which reflects the amount of benefits you are eligible to receive and for how many weeks your benefits will last. With the mail also comes an Unemployment Insurance Claimant Handbook. It is advised that you read the handbook to get more information on UI and other details that might become useful in the future.

Important Reminders for Filing Unemployment Insurance in Alaska

There are certain vital facts that you must know in order for your claim to enjoy a speedy process. You must accurately report all income you earned for each week including part-time or full-time work. Also, you must accurately report the reason why you are unemployed. This doesn’t become too hard for people who lost their jobs through redundancies, retrenchments, or closing down of operations. Other than these reasons, you only have to be honest once the department calls you for an interview. As mentioned earlier, you have to be able, available and ready for work anytime; having said that it would be a plus factor if you have a realistic work search plan such as contacting job centers nearest your area to assist you in looking for an available job that would fit your work experience. You must also register with the Alaska Labor Exchange System (or ALEXsys) to be eligible to collect UI benefits. Most of all, avoid fraud, always provide accurate information just as you would when ensuring you have no errors in making your application for UI.

Local claim centers and their contact information in Alaska are:
1. Anchorage UI Claim Center
PO Box 107224
Anchorage, Alaska 99510
VICTOR:(907) 451-6126
Phone: (907) 269-4700
Fax: (907) 269-4853

2. Juneau UI Claim Center
PO Box 115509
Juneau, Alaska 99811-5509
VICTOR: (907) 586-4650
Phone: (907) 465-5552
Fax: (907) 465-5573

3. Fairbanks UI Claim Center
675 Seventh Ave., Station M
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
VICTOR: (907) 451-6126
Phone: (907) 451-2871
Fax: (907) 451-2870

4. All Other Areas
VICTOR: 1-888-222-9989
TDD VICTOR: 1-800-974-4782
TOLL FREE Phone: 1-888-252-2557
TOLL FREE Fax: 1-888-353-2937

For your assistance in looking for jobs, here are the following local job centers across the State of Alaska.

Anchorage Midtown
3301 Eagle Street, Suite 101, Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: 269-4800
Fax: 269-4825

Anchorage Muldoon
1251 Muldoon Rd, Suite 111, Anchorage, AK 99504
Phone: 269-0000
Fax: 269-2032

Anchorage Youth Hiring Center
2650 E. Northern Lights Blvd., Relocatable #3, Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: 334-2587
Fax: 334-2688

Cook Inlet Tribal Council
Alaska’s People Career Center
3600 San Jeronimo Dr. Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: 793-3300
Fax: 793-3392

1078 Kiogak Street, PO Box 949, Barrow, AK 99723
Phone: 852-4111
Fax: 852-4122
Toll Free: 1-888-429-4111

Bristol Bay (Dillingham)
503 Wood River Rd., PO Box 1149, Dillingham, AK 99576-1149
Phone: 842-5579
Fax: 842-5679
Toll Free: 1-800-478-5579

Eagle River
11723 Old Glenn Hwy, Sp B-4, Eagle River, AK 99577-7749
Phone: 694-6904
Fax: 694-1490

675 Seventh Avenue, Station D, Fairbanks, AK 99701-4531
Phone: 451-5967
Fax: 451-2919
TDD – 907-451-5901

Mile 186.5 Glenn Highway, PO Box 109, Glennallen, AK 99588-0109
Phone: 822-3350
Fax: 822-5526
Toll Free: 1-800-478-3304

3670 Lake ST Suite 300, Homer, AK 99603-7655
Phone: 226-3040
Fax: 235-6143

10002 Glacier Hwy, Suite 100, Juneau, AK 99801-8569
Phone: 465-4562
Fax: 465-2984
Job Seekers:

2030 Sea Level Drive, Suite 220, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6073
Phone: 225-3181
Fax: 247-0557
Job Seekers:

309 Center Street, Kodiak, AK 99615-6315
Phone: 486-3105
Fax: 486-4716
Toll Free: 1-800-478-3105

333 Shore Ave., PO Box 1209, Kotzebue, AK 99752-1209
Phone: 442-3280
Fax: 442-3920,
Toll Free: 1-800-478-3280

877 Commercial Drive, Wasilla, AK 99654-6937
Phone: 352-2500
Fax: 352-2522

214 Front Street, Ste 130, PO Box 280, Nome, AK 99762-0280
Phone: 443-2626/2460
Fax: 443-2810
Toll Free: 1-800-478-2626
Job Seekers:

Peninsula (Kenai)
11312 Kenai Spur Hwy, Suite 2, Kenai AK 99611
Phone: 283-2900
Fax: 283-3544

809 2nd Avenue, PO Box 1009, Seward, AK 99664-1009
Phone: 224-5276
Fax: 224-5277

304 Lake Street – Room 101, Sitka, AK 99835-7563
Phone: 747-3423
Fax: 747-7579

State Office Building, PO Box 440, Tok, AK 99780-0440
Phone: 883-5629
Fax: 883-5628
Toll Free: 1-800-478-5629

213 Meals Ave., Room 22, PO Box 590, Valdez, AK 99686-0590
Phone: 835-4910
Fax: 835-3879

YK Delta (Bethel)
460 Ridgecrest Dr, Suite 112, PO Box 1607, Bethel, AK 99559-1607
Phone: 543-2210
Fax: 543-2099
Toll Free: 1-800-478-2210