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Unemployment Insurance: Alaska

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Gloria Ju


  • Unemployment insurance is a nationwide program created to provide partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active search for work. Unemployment insurance is a joint federal-state program based on federal law and executed through state law. See Alaska Unemployment Compensation.
  • Most employers in Alaska are subject to the Alaska Employment Security Act and must pay unemployment taxes. See Covered Employers.
  • Unemployment insurance benefits are not available to all employees. See Ineligible Workers.
  • Alaska unemployment benefits generally last between 16 and 26 weeks. Individuals may be entitled to an additional dependent allowance. See Benefits.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Eligibility for Benefits.
  • Claimants may be denied benefits under specified circumstances. See Disqualification from Benefits.
  • When a claim is filed, employers will be asked to verify certain information. Employers have a right to appeal a benefits decision. See Filing a Claim.
  • Alaska has specific recordkeeping, reporting, notice and posting requirements for employers. See Recordkeeping Requirements; Reporting Requirements; Notice and Posting Requirements.
  • Employers may be penalized for making late contribution payments, failing to file timely contribution reports, nonpayment of contributions and other statutory violations. See Penalties and Interest.