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How Long Do I Have to Work For to Collect Unemployment in Arkansas?

Arkansas defines what qualifies as an employer as having/paying at least one employee for a minimum of ten days in a calendar year.

You must have spent time working during a minimum of two quarters in the base period.

Further, you must earn at least 35 times the WBA during the entire base period, which amounts to $2,835. Arkansas computes its WBA by multiplying your HQW by 1/26.


To determine your eligibility, follow this model:

  1. Did you work during 2 quarters of the base period?

■        # of quarters you worked > than 2

  1. Did you earn at least $2, 835 in the entire base period?

■        your base period earnings > than 35 x WBA

If you answered yes to both questions, you qualify for unemployment insurance in Arkansas.

Arkansas does not offer extended or alternate base periods.

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