It happens to everyone at some point in time, though it seems it happens to more some ones as the economy slips, you find yourself needing to file for unemployment. Filing for unemployment can be a stressful process in some places, but in Alaska it’s a breeze.
There are several ways to file for unemployment benefits in Alaska. You can file online, by phone from home or your local job bank, or even at an unemployment office if one is near your location. Though being from Alaska I realize that’s not likely, it’s a big state and there are only three unemployment offices in Alaska.
I find filing for benefits online is the easiest method to file for unemployment here in Alaska. There is no press 1, 2, 3 prompts and you they have a handy built in calculator if you are working part-time or on a commission basis to input your earnings. You just enter your hours and your wage and Alaska’s unemployment benefits website does the rest. You can access this site.
You will have to make a MyAlaska login to use the site, however this is a useful little thing for any Alaskan. You can check your permanent fund dividend status, build your resume through Alaska’s job bank (this is required to receive benefits and must stay active anyway) which is linked to MyAlaska, and file for your unemployment all with the same log in.
Filing for unemployment from home is the second easiest method. You can call the Alaska Victor line for your area with the following numbers:
All Other Areas of Alaska
All of these numbers are toll-free and won’t cost you a thing of course.
Your local job bank will also have a direct line to this number, which can transfer you to a representative if you have questions. A list of addresses for these offices can be found here. The job bank will also have a wealth of resources to get you back into work and off of unemployment.
To apply in person in Alaska you would have to live in either, Anchorage, Juneau, or Fairbanks. The addresses to these offices can be found here. You will also find email addresses for each center here where you can send inquiries as well.
Filing unemployment in Alaska doesn’t have to be a hassle, especially with so many methods available. The state has also just made benefit debt cards available as a third option to mailed checks and direct deposit.