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Unemployment Insurance: Arkansas

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

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

Authors: E. B. Chiles IV, Cameron C. McCree and Amber Davis-Tanner, Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow PLLC


  • 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 Arkansas Unemployment Insurance Program.
  • Workers are eligible for unemployment benefits if they left their employment without fault, if they apply for benefits, and if they satisfy all reporting requirements by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. See Eligibility Requirements.
  • The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services requires certain records to be kept for five years. See Recordkeeping Requirements.
  • Employers must conspicuously post a notice on how to claim unemployment benefits. See Notice and Posting Requirements.
  • Arkansas offers the Shared Work Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have been laid off. See Shared Work Program.