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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Claim Filing System Now Available

The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services has announced that the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claim filing system for workers who have lost employment due to COVID-19 is now available.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 that provides temporary income to eligible individuals who became unemployed as a result of the novel COVID-19 pandemic and are either self-employed, do not have sufficient work history to be eligible for a claim, or have exhausted other forms of unemployment insurance benefits. It is funded by the federal government, not by state unemployment taxes paid by employers. 

Click here to file online 7 days a week between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

To qualify for greater than the minimum PUA weekly benefit amount of $133, you will need to provide proof of wages and earning information for 2019, which may include:

  • 2019 Federal Tax Return
  • 1099 Forms for 2019 - Miscellaneous Income
  • W-2 Form for 2019


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