Patsy Westcott, Assistant Director

Alaska’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program is dedicated to providing unemployed workers fast and accurate payment of UI benefits. With the seasonal nature of much of the state’s workforce and Alaska’s vast remoteness, UI benefits serve not only to bridge the economic gap for the individual worker, but also as a stabilizing influence on local economies.

Have you been laid off from your job and need training for a new career? The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development has grant funds available to help with training expenses. Contact your nearest Alaska job center to inquire about the Dislocated Worker Grant. For more information, call a job center near you.

Worker Resources

Workers who have become unemployed or working less than full-time hours should apply for UI benefits as soon as possible. Once you file your claim for benefits, your eligibility determination can be made – resulting in a timely payment of benefits.


Work search
All workers are required to register for work and to actively seek and report weekly work searches to be eligible for benefits. Failure to register for work or to report required work searches can potentially result in the denial of benefits. A convenient Work Search Log (PDF) is available for recording keeping.

Payment methods

The procedures and policies of Alaska’s UI program are based on Alaska statutes and regulations. Alaska administers different types of UI programs — and when available, State Extended Benefits and Federal Extensions.


Report UI fraud

Alaska law provides severe penalties for attempting to collect benefits fraudulently. Reports of Fraud or suspicion can be reported by email at; fax at (907) 269-4835; or phone at (907) 269-4880 or toll free at (877) 272-4635.


Employer Resources

Employers can obtain information about the UI Tax program and collection of UI taxes in the Alaska Employer Tax Handbook (PDF). To file tax reports, submit tax payments, view account balances and payment history, visit Employment Security Tax online and click on “On-line Employer Services.”

Tired of filling out paper UI forms? SIDES and SIDES E-Response is your solution! Click here to read more about State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES).

Find links to other resources for employers here.