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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on June 1, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Arkansas, we recommend that you visit the state's COVID-19 Reponse website or the Arkansas Department of Health website

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Description of Program and Relief

Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment benefits are generally available to individuals who have been separated from employment through no fault of their own. The Arkansas Department of Commerce has waived the one week waiting period for individuals claiming unemployment insurance (UI), allowing claims to be paid more quickly. The current requirement that a recipient of UI must search for work for 30 days is also waived, so long as prior employment is temporarily closed as a result of COVID-19.

Government or Lead Agency

Arkansas Division of Workforce Services

Dates Available

Effective March 16, 2020, and ongoing.

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

Applicants must be unemployed, physically and mentally able to perform suitable work, available for suitable work, making a reasonable effort to find work, free of participation or direct interest in a labor dispute, and free of disqualification. Further information on eligibility may be found at this link.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

(855) 225-4440 / (501) 682-2121 – Helpdesk

(844) 908-2178 / (501) 534-6304 – Hotline to Apply

List of Additional Information

To apply online click here.

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