ADWS administers Arkansas’ Unemployment Insurance (UI) program and facilitates employer compliance with the Arkansas Employment Security Law, collects unemployment insurance contributions from employers, provides unemployment insurance benefits to those eligible, and maintains management information systems for filing unemployment insurance claims and fraud detection.
Individual Filing an Initial Claim
A claim for Unemployment Insurance may be filed in person at any Arkansas Workforce Center office. A valid government ID is required (Driver’s License or Passport).
UI claimant forms are also available online, as well as located in most public buildings for filing claims by mail. Learn more about filing a claim and eligibility for benefits.
EZARC is another option to file an initial or additional claim for Arkansas Unemployment Insurance via the Internet. If you are working less than full-time, or have completely separated from your last job, you may file your Arkansas Unemployment Insurance claim from your own home computer. To file an EZARC online claim, you must have access to a computer, a printer and an Internet connection.
Weekly UI Claim Filing
ArkLine: This interactive voice response system is a quick and easy way to file for your weekly unemployment insurance benefits by using your touch-tone telephone. This system also provides you with updated information and can be used to verify when your weekly claim was processed.
ArkNet: If you currently have a valid Arkansas claim for Unemployment Insurance, you may choose to file for weekly benefits online. To use ArkNet, Arkansas’ continued claims website, you must have access to a computer, a printer and an Internet connection.
Claim Help: This guide to understanding Arkansas’ Unemployment Insurance program makes it easy to learn about the filing process for new or additional claim benefits. Locate helpful UI handbooks and other beneficial information about UI claims.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance: This federally funded program provides financial assistance and employment services to jobless workers and the self employed when they are unemployed as a direct result of a major natural disaster, if DUA benefits are made available.
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA): TAA is a benefit for those workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports. This program includes a variety of benefits and reemployment services to help unemployed workers prepare for and obtain suitable employment. Workers may receive assistance in skill assessment, job search workshops, job development/referral and job placement. In addition, workers may be eligible for training, job search allowance, a relocation allowance and other reemployment services.
Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA): This specific form of Trade Adjustment Assistance is paid to an eligible adversely affected worker on a weekly basis after he/she exhausts entitlement to regular unemployment compensation, including state and federal extensions.
Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment Program: The Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) Program is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor to help certain Unemployment Insurance claimants return to work faster.
Participants in the RESEA program are obligated to meet various program requirements that include completing a Career Action Plan (CAP), conducting labor market research, tracking work search activities, providing a resume and participating in ongoing reemployment services.
All program requirements are explained at the Initial RESEA review, where participants meet one-on-one with a Reemployment Specialist. Failure to comply with the RESEA program requirements will result in a delay or loss of unemployment benefits.