Unemployment benefits extended

Rising job losses have cleared the way for a high unemployment period in Alaska, a threshold which lengthens the extended benefits eligibility from a possible 13 weeks to 20 weeks for eligible individuals.

State Labor Commissioner Tamika Ledbetter said Tuesday, June 23, that those who have already applied for extended benefits will not need to complete an additional application, and that they will receive a letter of monetary determination in the mail.

Individuals with remaining balances of regular unemployment insurance or pandemic emergency unemployment compensation will continue to draw those benefits until they are exhausted. Once those benefits are exhausted, workers will be able to apply for the extended benefits/high unemployment period package to continue their benefit payments if they have not done so already, labor officials said.