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Arkansas Unemployment Extension

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 which extends the EUC program through January 1, 2014. Claimants will continue to be eligible for up to 14 weeks of EUC Tier 1 benefits; up to 14 weeks of EUC Tier 2 benefits; and up to 9 weeks of EUC Tier 3 benefits for EUC claims filed before December 28, 2013. There is no phase out period associated with this extension. The last payable week for any EUC benefits regardless of any benefit amounts remaining on the claim is the week ending December 28, 2013.

To be eligible for EUC the claimant must:

  1. Have Base Period Wages equal to 40 times the weekly benefit amount, or1.5 times the high quarter wages, or 20 weeks of full time work
  2. Have had a claim for regular benefits that ended after May 1, 2007, or
  3. Have exhausted all available benefits from a claim that ended after May 1, 2007, and
  4. Have no rights to regular or extended compensation under any other state or federal unemployment compensation law, and
  5. Have not received compensation with respect to such week under the unemployment compensation law of Canada.

Notices will be mailed to individuals that meet the above criteria and are potentially eligible for EUC benefits to the last address on file.

Extension Benefit Discontinued

Under federal law, as of 2019, EUC benefits are no longer available.

Extensions for collecting UI payments are in effect only during periods of high unemployment and only if the state or federal government take specific action to provide extended benefits.


    • Of course not. The max benefit is only $451/week ($11.25/hr for 49hr week). You can get that at Taco Bell so stop being lazy.

    • As far as I am aware, there is no extension in UI benefits.

      Please speak to the Unemployment Office for any state provided extension.

  1. My unemployment ends in 3 weeks does arkansas have extension period for this year for maybe up to 4-6 weeks

  2. My most recent full-time employer was with Southeast Arkansas Bank Corporation which I was laid off on April 30. I have had to part-time jobs, currently still working with U of A Division of Agriculture on a Work Only As Needed basis. Am I eligible for an extension on my unemployment benefits?

    • Please note there is no federal extension available.

      You may call the Unemployment Office for further details.

    • EUC(Emergency unemployment compensation) is likely to be extended.This is federal govt. sponsored program.

      Please watch national news in this regard.

  3. I was advised to contact the interstate office to complete my application for extended benefits. I have tried unsuccessfully for days to reach that office. I get a recording that says to stay on the line, but no one ever answers. The recording just plays over and over. I do not want to lose my eligibility for the extended benefits and need the benefits desperately. Please advise.
    Sandra Stafford

  4. What can I expect when I apply for a extension.I have applied online at various job sites.Do you call for various cause need to know how the contact information I submitted to this jobs sites,employers names are not mentioned.I need to know if I am suppose to give you the employers name,and if additional information is required of extension is my livelihood I have no other income.

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