If you have already filed for unemployment in Arkansas, Unemployment gives you a temporary income after a job loss. When you file unemployment in Arkansas, the benefits you receive will be based on what you were paid over the previous 12 months. The more you earned, the more you'll be paid until you reach your maximum benefit amount for the year. It isn't difficult to file unemployment in Arkansas, but you must be prepared with the proper paperwork in advance.
Complete the Application for Unemployment Insurance Benefits. You can download and print the application directly from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services website www.arknet.arkansas.gov or pick up a copy from your local Department of Workforce Services office. There's a complete list of local offices in the "Your Unemployment Insurance Information Handbook."
Deliver the Application for Unemployment Insurance Benefits. You can either mail it or bring it to your local Department of Workforce Services office. The application should be submitted on the week that you intend to claim unemployment benefits. The State of Arkansas considers the start of a week to be the same as a calendar week, which begins on Sunday and ends the following Saturday at midnight. Your claim is considered activated when you deliver the application to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services office in person or when the envelope is postmarked.
File your weekly claim. The Application for Unemployment Insurance Benefits gets your information into the system, but it doesn't start the payment cycle. To get paid, you must file a new unemployment claim each week. Each new claim must be filed within seven days after the Saturday of the previous claim. So if you start to file your weekly claims on a Tuesday, you should continue to file every Tuesday. You can file your weekly claim online by going through ArkNet (Arkansas Internet Continued Claims System). You may also call Arkline at 501-907-2590. Whether you use ArkNet or Arkline, you will establish a PIN (Personal Identification Number) through the system before you start the process. Directions will be given to you either online or over the telephone for establishing your PIN. With the PIN, your Social Security number, and your total gross earnings and hours if you worked during that week, you can login to file your claim through ArkNet or Arkline. When you file the claim, you'll be asked a series of questions which will determine your unemployment benefit eligibility. Either way, you'll be informed that your claim was accepted or that you need to call your local Department of Workforce Services office.
Receive your benefits. Provided your claim is problem-free, you'll receive your unemployment payment via a debit card the Department of Workforce Services gives you. Payment will arrive the day after you file your claim as long as it's a business day. If you haven't received your benefits, wait until the Friday of the week that you claimed and call Arkline to follow up on the claim status.