Workforce services

Starting early next month, unemployed Arkansas workers will find that they must resume making contacts for new jobs in order to receive benefits.

Starting Monday, the work search requirement for Unemployment Insurance will go back into effect in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Department of Commerce, Division of Workforce Services said that when claiming benefits for the week ending July 4 and after, individuals will have to report the number of job contacts they made that week.

The number of contacts required is based on geographic location. Individuals receiving regular unemployment benefits or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) who live in larger metropolitan areas must make three contacts a week. The larger metropolitan statistical areas include: Benton, Cleveland, Craighead, Crittenden, Faulkner, Garland, Grant, Jefferson, Lincoln, Lonoke, Madison, Miller, Perry, Poinsett, Pulaski, Saline, Sebastian, and Washington counties.

Individuals residing in rural areas, including Columbia, Lafayette, Nevada, Ouachita and Union counties, must make two job contacts each week.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claimants have the same requirements, except for those who are self-employed. Self-employed PUA claimants must be engaged in activities designed to resume their usual self-employment, rather than making job contacts. Self-employed PUA claimants should enter the number of days on which they were engaged in activities designed to resume their usual self-employment.

Those claiming Extended Benefits will have enhanced work search requirements and must provide a written log of job contacts each week in order to receive benefits. Individuals receiving EB who live in rural areas such as Columbia and neighboring counties must make three contacts.

Individuals with recall to work dates that are within 10 weeks of their initial or additional claim filing date are exempt from the work search requirements. If the recall to work date is more than 10 weeks, the individual must do the required work search. In order to receive the work search exemption, a claimant must provide DWS with a written letter from their employer that includes the claimant’s name, last four digits of the claimant’s SSN, their last day of work, and the date to be recalled to work. Claimants will need to mail or deliver the letter to their local Arkansas Workforce Center.

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