Arkansas unemployment website for self-employed, gig workers to launch soon

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Unemployment for the self-employed and gig workers is almost ready to launch.

Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston said the state has been testing the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) website all weekend.

Preston said the state had to build a completely new program and website to handle these types of claims.

He said instructions on how to apply should be released today.

“I just wanted to get up and spend a minute to thank the team who worked so hard through the weekend to troubleshoot all the issues, making sure we are testing it in the proper manner and we have a system built to withstand all these claims that we’re going to see,” Preston said.

The state has previously estimated more than 100,000 people will apply for the PUA program.

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