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Arkansas Unemployment Application

Updated : June 18th, 2019

To activate your unemployment claim, you must first complete an “Application For Unemployment Benefits” which can be obtained from your local Department of Workforce Services office. This is necessary when you are filling a new claim or re-activating an existing one. Delays in filing this form could cause benefits not to be paid for weeks prior to the filing date of the claim.

A claim for Unemployment Insurance may be filed in person at any Department of Workforce Services office or on forms for filing claims by mail, which have been placed in most public buildings.

To file for Unemployment, or if you are a job seeker, please click here for a list of Local Offices near you or call the Information Desk toll-free at 1-855-225-4440.

For claim online, you can make use of EZARC (Easy Arkansas Claims) which is a web-based application that allows filing an initial or additional claim for Arkansas Unemployment Insurance via the Internet.

Please have the following while filing your initial claim:

  1. Your Social Security number
  2. The names, addresses, and phone numbers for all your employers for the last eighteen (18) months
  3. Alien Registration number or Visa number, if you are not a U.S. citizen
  4. Your complete mailing address and phone number
  5. The dates you worked and the reason you left each employer

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Read Frequently Asked Questions for Claimants in Arkansas

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  1. I was sick at work. I told my boss I couldn’t finish out my whole shift due to my feeling ill. My boss refused for me to leave. But after a while of trying to cope, I couldn’t anymore and left an hour early. I was put on administrative leave, than later on in the car week they decided to terminate me. Will I be eligible for unemployment??

    1. Kisha,

      If you have supporting documents/paperwork to prove in case of a dispute during the time of processing, please consider applying until you find employment.

    2. I was recently terminated from my job because I was 17 minutes late due to having to take my son to the dr. He was diagnosed with influenza type a and strep throat. I called at 12 pm and told the they were running blood tests because his cheeks and neck were swollen also. I was told to bring a Dr note wit h I did. I was still on my probation period, the company’s policy is 180 days ( 6 months ). About 6 that evening 3 hrs into my shift my wife called and told me his fever was 104 so I text my shop manager in a grip text with my lead and general manager in the group. I was told ideas still in my probation period and if i left i woukd be terminated and to chose wisely. I decided against better judgement to stay and when I reported for my shift the following day and was called into the office and was let go for being late even after the Dr note, there reason wasent my work ethic but rather they felt I wasent fully comited to the company am I eligible for unemployment?

      1. Mark,

        That is a lame reason to terminate someone’s employment. Please go ahead and speak to the Unemployment Office to ascertain if you’re eligible.

      1. Cindy,

        It will be a simple form online. Please login to your account on the web portal. If you’re unable to locate, please call the Claims Center for assistance.

  2. Hello. I have been in and out of the hospital due to severe anaphylactic reactions. This has led to severe PTSD. My doctor has me on a medical leave. I have an upcoming appointment at the mayo clinic and will not be released medically until test results are completed and a treatment plan is established. My FMLA will expire next week. The earliest I could be medically released is the end of December when all speciality appointments are completed. Per my HR department, I mast not qualify for extended approved leave and may be terminated if my extended non FMLA leave request is not approved. Is this legal if I am not medically cleared to work? If I am terminated, would I qualify four unemployment? Do I qualify for anything else? Thank you.

    1. Kriti,

      Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      Hope you get well soon.

  3. Went into work to help get production started, I had I swollen eye and swollen cheek from a tooth ache..first thing I told my HR about how I felt and if it got worse I needed to go home.(looked like poison ivy-we work around food). I requested that after I got the Room set up to take a sick day. They told me if I left i would be terminated.. I told the boss them I was going to be putting in my two week notice.. he proceeded to shoo me out of his office and told me to leave and get off the property? Do I quialify?

    1. You can be eligible if your job was terminated wrongfully.

      Please make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute.

  4. I am a full time employee at my job but I also go to college, so my availability at work allows me to work around 32 to 34 hours a week. For the last couple of months my schedules have been cut back to 20 to 22 hours a week. Am I eligible for partial unemployment?

  5. I placed my 2 week notice in November 7th 2016 due to family issues. I started my job July 20th 2015 and my last day was November 22, 2016. I had to leave due to many familly issues one that was to do with my marriage. While this is all going on my step dad was diagnosed with cancer and had to have a procedure done and my grandfather had brain cancer and passed away 2 weeks ago. I now had to move back in with my mom and step dad since I had to move by November 24th 2016 . To work there u had to live there well when I had to place my 2 weeks notice I had to move.

    1. Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  6. January 14th, 2016-March 7th, 2016

    I worked at a chicken plant for two months, and there, we were only allowed to use 2 1/2 occurences. I had gone home once for being sick to my stomach and running back and forth to the bathroom. Leaving work early is 1/2 an occurence. I left again on another day, but right after work startedt to go to the ER for being unable to breathe and having chest pains. That costed an entire occurence, even though I have the temp agency a note and let them know I had bronchitis. I got another occurence after missing because I had eaten something bad, pretty sure I had food poisoning. An emergency came up about a week ago when I thought I was going to get kicked out of where I’m living now, so I called them and let them know I was going to have to quit my job. A few hours later I learned that I wasn’t going to get kicked out, so I called the next day and they allowed me to have my job back, but counted the day before as a voluntary absence. That was occurence number 3, so I was told I absolutely could not miss another day.
    Yesterday I was working and for the last few days, I’ve been having trouble breathing but I didn’t want to say anything because I thought they would fire me. I was only there for 2 and a half hours when I started getting light headed, my chest was getting tight, and I could barely take a breath. So I basically begged my supervisor to let me go to the hospital. He said I could as long as I brought a note back. I went, found out I have pneumonia. The doctor said I’m not allowed to work until Friday so I asked for the note and took it back to my supervisor and I went home.

    I called the temp agency I was working through, this morning and they said that had to terminate me because I missed yesterday (I was ordered by the doctor not to work again) and they said even though I had a doctor’s order, I still had missed so I had to be terminated.

    Do I qualify?

    1. Primarily, it looks like, you may not qualify due to two reasons. Firstly, personal reasons such as health are not accepted. Secondly, temp or contractual workers do not qualify.

      Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state.

  7. Ok,I work at a place where my sales have been stolen. I keep getting in trouble for trivial things like speaking to someone’s customer and my boss keeps telling me she’s gonna let me go. On her bad days she’ll say she’s gonna let me know by the end of the day if I still have a job. If I quit will I be eligible for unemployment?

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  8. I draw full Social Security Retirement and work full time as I am over 66 years of age. I will be laid off from job due to lack of work – I was told I can draw unemployment benefits even though I receive SSA retirement benefits. Is this true? I live in Arkansas.

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