Emergency Unemployment Benefits Extended for 2013

On the first day of the year, the U.S. Congress voted to extend the Emergency Unemployment Benefits program for another year. We spoke to Bill Kramer, Chief of Unemployment Insurance with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development about how this will affect Alaskans…


Kramer: “If after 26 weeks of benefits in normal conditions then a person’s benefits are just done and hopefully they return to work, but if they haven’t there are no more unemployment insurance benefits for them. So Congress started the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program in response to the unusually high unemployment that the country has been experiencing for the last five years now. So this Emergency Unemployment Compensation program helps people who’ve gone past the 26 week period and are still unemployed and this provides additional benefits for them.”


We asked Kramer how people apply for the extended benefits…


Kramer: “And so for those people who were filing back in December, they simply need to continue filing and be sure to search for work.” 


Individuals who need to file a new claim should call a UI claim center to apply.
• Anchorage 907-269-4700
• Fairbanks 907-451-2871
• Juneau 907-465-5552
• Toll free 888-252-2557

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