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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


  • The rate at which employers pay unemployment insurance tax varies based on the benefits experience of the employer. See Calculating Unemployment Insurance Tax.
  • Employers must submit their unemployment insurance tax on a quarterly basis, along with a quarterly report that contains specific information. See Paying Unemployment Insurance Tax.
  • Certain employers can reimburse the Unemployment Compensation Fund in lieu of making contributions of unemployment insurance tax. See Payments in Lieu of Taxes for Nonprofits.
  • 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 Posting Requirement.