More aid offered for unemployed workers

Up to 13 weeks of extended unemployment insurance benefits are now available to eligible workers receiving regular unemployment insurance benefits, state labor officials say.

Alaska’s insured unemployment rate of 5.93 percent exceeded the threshold to trigger extended benefits for a period of at least 13 weeks. Unemployed people who have exhausted their regular UI benefits may be eligible for an additional eight to 13 weeks of benefits. Division of Employment and Training Services will notify by mail those potentially eligible.

The notice is to go out three weeks prior to the individual exhausting their regular benefits, at which time the individual can file the claim for extended benefits. Instructions will be included in the notice.

Those with remaining balances of regular UI will continue to draw regular benefits until those benefits are exhausted, after which they will be able to apply for extended benefits.

For more information on extended benefits call 888-252-2557.