Arkansas Unemployment Programs

The federal CARES Act created new unemployment programs & expanded regular state unemployment insurance. Which program is for you? How can you apply for benefits? Here is what you need to know.



Arkansas Unemployment Programs May 2020


Outline Of Unemployment Programs


Regular UI – Regular State Unemployment Insurance 

  • 16 weeks

  • Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) ranges from $81 min - $451 max

  • Those eligible will also receive the FPUC $600

PEUC – Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation

  • For those who have exhausted regular UI benefits

  • Extends benefits 13 weeks

  • Those eligible will also receive the FPUC $600 for

  • Weeks claimed during weeks ending april 4 - july 25

  • Claimants who have exhausted PEUC benefits may apply for PUA if unemployed for a reason related to Covid-19. To apply, submit a separate application through the PUA online portal At pua.arkansas.gov

PUA – Pandemic Unemployment Assistance 

  • Available for up to 39 weeks

  • For those who are not eligible for regular UI/Unemployed for a reason related to COVID-19

  • Includes self-employed workers, gig workers, 1099, farmers, etc.

  • If an eligible PUA claimant provides earnings/wage information, The WBA ranges from $132 min - $451 max

  • If an eligible PUA claimant does not provide sufficient earnings/wage information, The WBA is $132

  • Those eligible will also receive the FPUC $600 for weeks claimed during weeks ending april 4 - july 25

FPUC – Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation 

  • $600 additional payment will accompany any benefits paid to eligible claimants

  • paid to anyone eligible for state Or federal unemployment benefits


For further assistance, please contact the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services at 1-844-908-2178.

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