Alaska Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for unemployment benefits in Alaska, you must meet the following requirements:

Earnings Criteria:

  • Wages: You must have earned at least $2,500 in gross wages during two calendar quarters within the base period. The base period is the most recent four quarters.
  • Wage Credits: You must have earned enough wage credits during the base period. You earn one wage credit for every $200 you earn, up to a maximum of 26 credits per quarter.

Job Separation:

  • Involuntary unemployment: You must be unemployed through no fault of your own. This means you were laid off, fired for reasons beyond your control, or had your hours reduced to the point where you are considered unemployed.
  • Not quitting or misconduct: You cannot have quit your job without good cause or been fired for misconduct.

Work Availability:

  • Ready and Able: You must be physically and mentally able to work and actively seeking suitable full-time work. This means attending job fairs, networking, and applying for jobs you are qualified for.
  • Work Search Requirements: You must register for work and report weekly work searches to maintain eligibility.

Additional Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship or Work Authorization: You must be a U.S. citizen or have a valid work authorization document.
  • Waiting Period: You must serve a one-week waiting period after filing your claim before you can start receiving benefits.


Things to Note:

  • These are the general eligibility requirements. There may be additional requirements or exceptions depending on your specific circumstances.
  • It is recommended that you contact the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development to discuss your individual situation and confirm your eligibility.

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