Any earnings from covered employment in any state during the past 18 months may potentially be combined to establish a new claim. You may potentially choose to file a combined wage claim in any of the states where you have worked.
If you open a claim online and report earnings from another state, you will be responsible to contact the claim center. By law, you must give Department of Labor Workforce Development (DOLWD) permission to add wages earned in another state to your Alaska claim.
States have different weekly benefit amounts. To learn more about the UI programs in other states where you have worked go to Career One Stop, sponsored by U.S. DOL at
I worked in Alaska and now live in another state, what state do I apply in?
If all your work in the past 18 months has been in Alaska, you need to apply for UI in Alaska.
Can I collect benefits if I am not a United States citizen?
Yes. To be eligible for UI you must have been legally authorized to work in the U.S. during the period the wages in which your claim was based on were earned AND you must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of filing your new claim. When you open your new claim, you will be required to provide documentation of your work authorization which will be verified through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security system.
Is the information I provide confidential?
The information collected as a result of your application for UI benefits cannot be disclosed to anyone except when authorized by Alaska or federal laws, by court order, or with your written consent. The confidential information both you and your employer reports may be used for any DOLWD business and may be shared with other state or federal agencies.
Will my last employer be contacted?
Yes. When you open your claim you will be required to report your last employer, dates of employment and the reason you are no longer working or reduced to less than full-time hours. Your employer will be sent a “Notice of Filing” to confirm the information you have provided. This information is needed to determine your eligibility according to state law and regulations. Each case is unique and determined individually after all the information is obtained; once a determination has been made you and your employer will be notified by mail.
What happens after I file my new claim?
You will be sent a monetary determination in the mail stating the amount of benefits you are eligible for and the wages which the determination was based on. If there are any errors you are responsible to report this to a claim center immediately.
If your wages are from the federal government or U.S. Military, your monetary determination may state you are ineligible at this time because your wages have not been reported. Once wage proof has been received, you will receive a second monetary determination based on the newly reported wages.
When any additional information is requested by the claim center, submit it as soon as possible or contact the claim center to report why you have not.
You will also receive an UI Claimant Handbook in the mail. You are responsible to read and understand all material in the handbook. If you have any questions call the claim center.
All new claims are subject to a ‘waiting week. The ‘waiting week is the first week in which you were eligible to receive benefits. You will not receive payment for this week, however you must claim for this week to receive your ‘waiting week credit. Your ‘waiting week will not be deducted from your benefit amount.