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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government expanded access to unemployment benefits to new groups of people who are normally not eligible for UI in a program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (or “PUA”). Although the American Rescue Plan provided federal funding to continue the extension of benefits and the additional $300 per week until September 4, 2021, Arkansas has announced that they will not continue to run these pandemic unemployment programs beyond June 26, 2021. For more information on what that means, see below.