FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development began issuing $600 federal pandemic unemployment compensation money to Alaska workers affected by the impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The first federal disbursement included $12,853,200 to 16,183 Alaskans currently covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI), according to a release issued on Tuesday. The federal pandemic unemployment payment will be available for each week of eligibility under a state or federal unemployment insurance program through July 25. The federal pandemic unemployment payment is retroactive to the week ending April 4 and is in addition to the state UI benefit. Individuals who have received a state benefit for the week ending April 4 will receive a separate disbursement with the $600 federal payment. Applications for self-employed, independent contractors and gig economy workers will begin to be processed the week of April 20 with payment issued approximately two weeks later. Self-employed individuals who have previously filed and received ineligibility notification will be contacted for income verification to complete application processing. Payment will be retroactive to April 4.