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Unemployment Insurance: Arizona

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Paige A. Martin, Kutak Rock LLP


  • Unemployment insurance is a nationwide program created to provide partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active search for work. Unemployment Insurance is a joint federal-state program based on federal law and executed through state law. See Arizona Unemployment Insurance.
  • Arizona unemployment insurance is provided under the Arizona Employment Security Law and is administered by the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES). Most employers are subject to the Arizona Employment Security Law. See Arizona Unemployment Insurance.
  • Unemployment benefits will generally last for up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Eligibility.
  • Employers have specific unemployment insurance recordkeeping, notice and posting requirements. See Recordkeeping; Notice and Posting Requirements.
  • Arizona offers the Shared Work Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have to be laid off. See Arizona Shared Work Program.