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If laid off after working in Alaska, an individual may be eligible to receive Alaska unemployment insurance benefits. Seasonal workers in Alaska may also be eligible for unemployment benefits if they are laid off during the off season.

The Alaska Department of labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) administers a number of Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs such as:

• Regular UI
• Interstate Claim for Benefits
• Combined Wage Claim (CWC) for Benefits
• Extended Benefits
• Unemployment Compensation for Federal Civilian Employees (UCFE)
• Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Military Personnel (UCX)
• Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

In order to qualify for Alaska unemployment insurance, you must:

• Have earned a sufficient amount of wages in the first four of the last five calendar quarters.
• Be available for work
• Be able to work
• Be actively seeking work.
• Benefits may be delayed or reduced if you quit or were discharged for misconduct from your last job.

Individuals can apply for Alaska unemployment insurance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, online. THe worker must first set up an account on MyAlaska, by clicking on Unemployment Insurance, and then following the instructions to file for unemployment benefits.

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