Arkansas Unemployment Insurance

What is Arkansas Unemployment Insurance Benefit?

Unemployment Insurance Benefit is a joint Federal and State program that provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own (as determined under State law), and meet other eligibility requirements of State law.  The unemployment benefits are funded through unemployment insurance (UI) tax paid by the employers.

All states require a worker to have earned a certain amount of wages or to have worked for a certain period of time (or both) within the base period to be monetarily eligible to receive any Unemployment benefits.  You cannot claim unemployment insurance if you only worked for one week at the job.

If you quit a job, you can not get unemployment benefits. You must be laid off or terminated through no fault of your own.

How to Apply for Arkansas Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

If you have been fired or terminated recently, you can apply for Arkansas Unemployment Benefits using the following method.

To file a UI claim online:
http://www.arkansas.gov/esd/ARClaimHelp/EZARC.htm

To file a claim by telephone number:
http://www.arkansas.gov/esd/UI/ArkLine.htm

Initial claims can be filed in person. For the nearest office click on this link:
https://www.arjoblink.arkansas.gov/ada/mn_offices_dsp.cfm?choice=2&comingfromthemenu=1

How much are Arkansas Unemployment Benefits?

Your Unemployment Benefits depends on your based period, the average wage in three months.  The basic base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the calendar quarter in which the claim is effective.

The maximum weekly Arkansas Unemployment Benefit is $451.  You must re-certify each week and be actively seeking employment during your unemployment.

State Year Maximum Weekly Unemployment Benefit UI Term
Arkansas 2014-2015 $451 26 Weeks

How long can you receive Arkansas Unemployment Benefit?

In general, you can receive up to 26 weeks of unemployment benefit.  During periods of high unemployment, Unemployment benefits claimants may collect more weeks of benefits.

Arkansas Unemployment Insurance Frequently Asked Questions:

  • When should I apply for Arkansas Unemployment Insurance?  As soon as possible.  Unemployment Insurance benefits are not retroactive.
  • What are the Arkansas Unemployment Insurance Eligibility Requirements? You must meet the following: a) Out of work due to no fault of your own b) Physically able to work c) Actively seeking work d) Ready to accept work
  • How long can I get Arkansas Unemployment Insurance?  Generally, you can claim Unemployment Insurance for a maximum of 26 weeks.
  • Are Arkansas Unemployment Insurance benefits checks taxable?  Yes, Arkansas Unemployment Insurance income is fully taxable and must be reported.  You also have to report UI income on the Federal tax return.

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Arkansas Unemployment Insurance Online and Contact Information:

Contact the Arkansas Department of Labor for more information on Unemployment Insurance Benefits.

General Information about the Unemployment Insurance Program:
http://www.arkansas.gov/esd/ARClaimHelp/arclaimhelp.htm

Street Address:
5401 South University
Little Rock, AR 72209

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 4970
Little Rock, AR 72214-4970

Telephone Number:
501-682-7719

Fax Number:
501-682-7801

For more locations, please check the website:  http://www.arkansas.gov/esd/ARClaimHelp/arclaimhelp.htm