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United States Air Force
Career Focus Program
2631 Wabash Avenue
Eielson AFB, AK 99702-1797
It’s likely that employment will change when a move occurs, especially for military spouses. The information below will provide you with employment assistance information and resources available such as SECO, MyCAA and MSEP Portals.
The Employment Assistance Program at the Airman and Family Readiness Center helps Air Force Members and their family members enhance their marketability. Throughout this program, the Air Force spouse and dependents can learn the skills and techniques required for a successful job search. The Employment Assistance program can support you with Career Planning, Job Search Skills, Employment Information, Vocational and Educational Development, establishing and navigating a Spouse Employment and Career Opportunities (SECO), and much more. Please visit our resource center which hosts a computer lab and we have a variety of professional resume and professional writing materials available for you to checkout. Stop by or call to schedule an appointment to learn more about our services, such as:
Airman & Family Readiness Center
2631 Wabash Ave
Eielson AFB, AK 907-377-2178
For job hunting purposes, be sure to hand carry all employment records and documents, resumes, SF 171, SF 50, transcripts, certificates and licenses.
For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.
The Alaska state minimum wage for 2019 is $9.89. The minimum wage will increase to $10.19 in 2020.
Workers in the Fairbanks Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $27.29 in May 2017, about 12 percent above the nationwide average of $24.34, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Alaska is the land of opportunity! The Alaskan job market reflects the Alaskan lifestyle. Alaska is a resource-rich state and many employment positions support the culture and diversity of the Alaskan lifestyle. Seasonal positions, particularly related to hospitality, tourism, outdoor activities, and retail are plentiful during the summer and winter seasons. Wages are competitive and many employers offer seasonal sign-on bonuses.
Individuals seeking part-time or full-time work may be pleasantly surprised by the opportunities Alaska has to offer. Due to the remote location, there is a high need for service-oriented, skilled, credentialed and licensed workers across all fields of employment, such as healthcare, education, construction, tourism, finance, as well as many others.
There is a great demand for workers on Eielson AFB. Employment opportunities on Eielson include civil service, appropriated funds positions, non-appropriated funds (NAF) positions, contract, and community jobs.
For more information on Alaskan employment opportunities, research the following links:
The state of Alaska unemployment rate for 2018 was an average of 6.5%, with a projected increase in employment of 1.6% anticipated for 2019.
The minimum wage for Alaska for 2019 is $9.89.
State Employment Office
To file for unemployment benefits online, click on “Unemployment Insurance Benefits”
What are the requirements to establish eligibility to benefits? Generally, the three major criteria are:
What if I have worked in another state?
You may be eligible for a combined wage claim. Any work you have done in another state during the last 18 months may be combined to establish a claim. Usually combining wages will result in a higher weekly benefit amount. It is important to advise a claim representative of any work you have done in another state so these wages can be electronically transferred to Alaska. After a review of your work history, one of our representatives will be able to give you the best option on where to file your claim.
What if I have worked for the federal government?
Claims that are based on Federal employment are called UCFE (Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees). When workers separate from Federal employment, they receive a Standard Form 8 (SF8) that gives basic UI eligibility requirements, the FIC code for the employing agency, and the address that holds the wage and separation information. It is important to provide this document when establishing a claim.
Can I collect benefits based on my military wages?
Yes. Ex-military personnel qualify for UI benefits in most situations. However, they will be required to mail or fax a copy of their DD214 to the claim centers. The DD214 is mailed to the service member at the time of separation.
What if I quit my job or was discharged by my employer?
Generally speaking, a worker must be out of work through no fault of their own to be eligible for benefits without penalty. If it is determined that you voluntarily quit without good cause or you were discharged for misconduct, there will be a six week disqualification period. This disqualification will begin the first week you are unemployed and will continue through the following five weeks. In addition to the disqualification period, there will also be a three week reduction of payments and you will not be eligible for Extended Benefits.
Can I attend School while collecting benefits?
Alaska does allow individuals to attend academic or vocational training in some specific situations. Each individual's situation and training objective is evaluated before a decision can be made; it's not possible to give a definite answer as to whether training would meet our criteria without specifics. If you are attending or plan on attending academic or vocational training, it is necessary to contact your claim center and speak to a representative.
What is a Base Period?
The Base Period for Alaska is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the quarter in which a claim for benefits is filed. For example, a claim established in May would have a Base Period of January through December of the previous year. Wages earned during the base period determine both the amount and duration of an individual's unemployment insurance benefits.