Arkansas

Filing for Unemployment in Arkansas

If you lose your job, it can be overwhelming to try to figure out how you are going to take care of yourself and your family. That is why you should file for unemployment as soon as possible. (There is a one week waiting period before you can collect unemployment benefits). In order to file unemployment and qualify for it, you must have lost your job through no fault of your own, you must be able and available to work if a job is offered to you, and not involved in a labor dispute.

Filing for unemployment has become easier with Arkansas' Department of Workforce Services website, where you can file your initial claim online. You can also do it over the phone or go to your local unemployment office. Remember that you will need the following information to file: your social security number, the name of your last employer, contact information for them, and how long you were employed by them, and the reason you are no longer working for them.

 Filing unemployment requires that you calculate your base period, which determines how much your benefit amount will be. For example, if you filed your first claim in the first quarter of 2011, your base period is the fourth quarter of 2009 through the third quarter of 2010.

After you have filed your initial claim, how to collect unemployment becomes easier. After you go through your first week waiting period, you must file a weekly claim in order to receive your unemployment benefits. You will receive a debit card in the mail, which will have your benefits directly deposited onto it every week.

If your benefits run out, you should contact your local unemployment office to see if you qualify for extended benefits. Depending on eligibility factors, you may qualify for another regular claim for benefits or extended benefits. It is recommended that during this time, you continue to diligently look for employment. The Extended Benefits program began in Arkansas in 1971, to provide additional benefits to the unemployed during a period of high unemployment. You can draw your extension as long as necessary and meet the eligibility requirements.


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