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
Visit ARunemployment.com for the latest updates and information.