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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


  • Most employers doing business in Arkansas are required to pay unemployment insurance taxes. See Employer Coverage.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Employee Eligibility.
  • Under certain circumstances, workers may not qualify for unemployment benefits. See Disqualification From Benefits.
  • Unemployment benefits generally last for up to 12 weeks. See Benefits.
  • Employers must follow certain notice and posting requirements. See Notice and Posting Requirements.
  • The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services requires certain records to be kept for five years. See Recordkeeping 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.