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Unemployment benefits extended 13 weeks

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The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development said that up to 13 weeks of extended benefits will be available to eligible workers receiving regular unemployment insurance benefits beginning the week of May 3, 2020.

Alaska’s insured unemployment rate exceeded the threshold to trigger the extended benefits for at least 13 weeks. Unemployed workers who exhaust their regular UI benefits may be eligible for an additional 8-13 weeks of benefits. The Division of Employment and Training Services will notify potentially eligible workers by mail. 

Individuals with remaining balances of regular UI will continue to draw regular benefits until those benefits are exhausted. Upon exhaustion, workers will be able to submit an application for EB to continue their benefit payment.

Individuals wishing to apply for extended benefits should contact their nearest UI Claim Center at (907) 269-4700 in Anchorage, (907) 451-2871 in Fairbanks, (907) 465-5552 in Juneau or toll free at (888) 252-2557 from all other areas.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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