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Are you physically able to work?


Are you willing to actively look for a job?


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Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?


Did you earn at least $ 2944 in the base period in

Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Jan 2015 - Mar 2015 to Oct 2015 - Dec 2015


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Did you quit your last job due to unsafe working conditions, not being paid, discrimination and / or health and safety risks?


Were you fired for no fault of your own?


Were you laid off for no fault of your own?


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CALL: (877)369-5984. You can file a claim by calling (502) 875-0442.

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State Name: Kentucky

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Disclaimer: The estimates are given in good faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for loss or damage caused by the tools on our website.

    State: Kentucky (KY)
    Phone Number: (877)369-5984. You can file a claim by calling (502) 875-0442.
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    Major Towns: Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Owensboro, Covington, Hopkinsville, Richmond, Florence and Georgetown

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in Kentucky

    Kentucky Unemployment Questions

    Reasons You Might Be Ineligible For Unemployment

    You may be an insured worker and still be ineligible or disqualified for benefits. Some of the common reasons you may be ineligible or disqualified are:

    -- You are not able to work, are not available for full-time work or not actively seeking full-time work.
    -- You have a medical reason to prevent you from accepting work.
    -- You are an alien not permitted to work.
    -- You have unreasonably limited the wages you will accept, the hours or days you will work, the locations where you will work or the jobs you will accept.
    -- You are not looking for work as instructed.
    -- You did not register for work with Office of Employment and Training, if required.
    -- You are involved in a strike.
    -- You are self-employed or the owner of your business (sole proprietor, partner, or Corporate officer).
    -- You are attending school (without prior approval of the Office of Employment and Training)
    -- You are a school employee between terms.
    -- You are suspended for misconduct.
    -- You refused suitable work.
    -- You do not have adequate transportation.
    -- You don’t have someone to care for your children while you work.
    -- You were terminated for misconduct.
    -- You quit your job for personal reasons or for reasons that were not considered “good cause” connected with the employment.
    -- You did not report, telephone, or provide information to the local office when instructed.
    -- You worked or earned wages in excess of the amount allowed to be considered “unemployed.”
    -- You failed to participate in required services under the Kentucky Employment Network (KEN) Program.

    NOTE: This is only a partial list of reasons you may be disqualified or ineligible.

    Combining Wage Claims If You Work At Multiple States

    If you worked in another state during the base period, you must file a combined wage or interstate claim. If you need help, ask your local office for assistance if you are filing a combined wage claim or interstate claim.

    Federal Military And Civilian Employment Questions

    If you served in the federal armed forces during your base period, wages earned during such service may be used in determining your eligibility for and the amount of your benefits. In addition to all regular eligibility and qualifying requirements, to be eligible to receive unemployment benefits based on military wages, you must have been discharged or released from military service under honorable conditions after completing your first full term of active service. You may be eligible for benefits if you were separated prior to completion of your first full term of service, but only if the reason for early separation is one approved by the U.S. Department of Defense.

    Federal Civilian Wages - Common Questions

    If you worked for the federal government in a non-military position, this service and all wages earned during your base period will be used to establish your benefit eligibility. Wages earned after your base period may be used in a subsequent claim if you are otherwise eligible. If you request a reconsideration, you must notify your local office within the time period for appeals noted on your determination explaining your benefit eligibility.

    What if I become unemployed again?

    If you become employed after filing your claim and are then subsequently separated from your employment (layoff, job ended, discharge, voluntary quit, etc.), you must file either an additional claim (if your new period of unemployment is within your original benefit year) or a new claim (if later) in order to re-qualify for UI benefits. You cannot simply resume claiming your weeks under your previous claim. Additional claims can be filed the same way (Internet or toll-free telephone) as a new claim.

Questions & Answers

  1. Rick says:

    My W-2 job is ending soon and will be filing for unemployment. I am considering a sales job that pays commission only and as a 1099 worker. Will I be eligible for benefits until I make sales for the commission payment?

    • Martin says:

      Please check with Unemployment Office in your state. We’re not sure how it works in your situation.

  2. Shannon Voyles says:

    If you lost your job due to down sizing or the company closes and you receive a severance check upon leaving can you still file for UI as soon as you lose your job?

  3. Greg says:

    I have been working a job since december. Traveling 65 miles one way. When I hired in at 15 an hour. I was told I would get overtime. I have. But have not been getting time and a half. And by laws should be. Now they cut us back to 4 10 hour days for the past couple of weeks. That was our verbal agreement due to saving in fuel for not coming in the 5th day. Now they are saying I have to work 5 eight hour days. With spending 25$ a day in gas I was ok with 4 10 hour days. If I was to search for work closer to home could I draw until I found something? Thanks

    • Martin says:

      For situations like yours, there are exceptions.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to confirm.

  4. Theresa says:

    I work in an office where I am trying to train a co-worker. Every time I try to train her she gets argumentative and often time uses foul and inappropriate language towards me. I have complained to our supervisor and nothing is done. I believe this to be a hostile work environment, and they are forcing me to continue to train her. If I quit my job due to the hostile work environment would I be able to collect unemployment?

    • Martin says:

      Yes, you can quit and collect. If there is a dispute raised by your employer, please keep supporting documents handy.

  5. Frankie says:

    Can I still file for unemployment if it’s been over a month since termination?

  6. Brittany says:

    I worked for amazon and got fired today. March 23,216. I got fired for time off task. basically them saying that I wasn’t doing anything for a certain amount of time. So apparently I had 2 hours and 9 minuets of time off task. But the way the system is I don’t think is right because I had top rate in my department for that day. I was given no warning of being fired that day and they waited till the end of my shift to tell me. My manager knew about my termination the whole work day. Will I be able to draw unemployment until I can find another job? Im also appealing this termination. I have a child and was already struggling to make ends meet. Please help…

    • Martin says:

      You can apply and claim as long as your job was terminated wrongfully.

      If your employer disputes, be ready with supporting documents to prove your stance.

  7. cheryl says:

    I will be displaced from my company after 26 years. I will receive a severance package. Can I claim unemployment while receiving a severance?

  8. Jen says:

    I have a small child. Would my unemployment compensation be higher due to having a dependent?

    • Martin says:

      Some states do consider immediate family members to enhance the benefit value.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  9. J Lewis says:

    On Friday I was let go from my employment because of irreconcilable differences with my direct manager.We both agreed at the time, that we have not been a “right fit.” Since the manager has let me go with this reason, will I be able to draw unemployment in the State of Kentucky? I have been employed with this company for one year.

    • Martin says:

      Well, if it relates to your performance and is considered separation due to voluntary reasons, you will not be eligible.

  10. brian henderson says:

    I have an employee who went on unemployment in september and went to work for another company 10/26. I was curious if i can receive verification that he is no longer receiving benefits as it effects may rates

  11. bruce dossett says:

    how many miles do you have to travel before your employer can deny unemployment benefits I am construction worker

  12. chris christopherson says:

    I worked for 6 months in Kentucky and we moved to florida can i collect unemployment benefits while looking for work in florida? I was working 40+ hours aweek,then we got cut to 2 days aweek.

  13. Darlene McKinney says:

    I was terminated from a 10 year job yesterday. I have several weeks of vacation time that I will be paid for. Should I apply for UI now or after I have exhausted my accrued vacation time? Will my delay in applying affect the number of weeks for which I will can draw my UI benefits?

    • Jeff says:

      If you were paid for the vacation time as a chunk, please consider applying immediately. Delay in applying should not affect the weeks approved for.

  14. William Jones says:

    I was fired from my job and I filed an appeal and won. It has been almost 3 months. Since I was initially declined benefits and unsure whether I would win the appeal, I had to take a much lower paying job or risk losing everything. Now that I won and unemployment will pay more than the current job I have, can I quit this job and continue to collect until I find something more compatible with what I was making?

    • Adrian says:

      Please consult the labor authorities before making a decision. They may not be ok with you quitting your job outright.

  15. Joyce says:

    I have been unemployed since Jan 2014 I worked 9 years at my job. I was laid off due to downsizing of company it is July 2014 I have not yet found a job. Am I still eligible to draw Ky unemployment since I have been drawing for 6 months. Do I need to file some kind of extension? Please help

    • Adrian says:

      Please check your account to see if you have any additional weeks of benefits left.

      Extended benefits is not available at this time.

  16. joyce says:

    I am currently collecting my Social Security, Can I collect unemployment and SS at the same time..

    • Adrian says:

      Depends. Some states encourage both whilst some don’t.

      Please check with the customer service of the labor dept in your state.

  17. craig says:

    If my friend quits his full time job and stays at his part time job that he has worked for a yr. and something comes up that they lay him off can he draw unemployment? He just wanted to make sure he would have income if this was to happen to him.

  18. Donnie says:

    I started work Jun of 2013 and was fired Feb 2014 is there an way i can get unemployment while i look for a new job.

    • Adrian says:

      Generally, you must have worked for at least an year before you can start claiming for UI benefits.Hope you were employed before this.

  19. Rebecca says:

    How many hours do you have to work in order to receive unemployment?

  20. Mike says:

    I was laid off this week but am receiving a severance until the end of February. Can I apply for unemployment now or do I have to wait until March?

  21. Ajia says:

    My job hasn’t schedule me to work this whole week and all next week due to slow business in my department. I have asked to be place in another department for hours but nothing has been done, I even called and asked my store Manager could I come worked some hours he gave me a flat “No” and that was it. I tried to reach the manager who makes the schedule but she’s never around and my bills are getting close. Would I be able for unemployment?

    • beltway says:

      Looks like you’re in active employment but not getting sufficient work and wages.Please contact your local claims center to confirm if you can file for UI benefits.

  22. Sherrie E Miller says:

    Tennessee unemployment. I was unable to complete my on line application on August 2 , 2013. I received application error before I was assigned a pin#. I have called every number listed for State of TN unemployment. All automated requires pin #. How or who can assist me in getting my application out of suspended status.? I have called all the following telephone number numerous times.

  23. carol says:

    worked for fountain circle nursing home in Winchester was on vacation was texted by supervisor on Sunday before coming back to work was still on vacation and told I was on call and I had to come in I had no choice was told to call d.o.n. done that and he was unavailable so I spook with the supervisor that had texted me was told that I had to come in I told him that I was still out of town on vacation and that the don knew I was out of town he told me that was not his problem and I said to him well I guess they will fire me then and he said yep! last I heard from them until the corporate lady called me 5 days later to ask me what happened and I told her she told me sorry that that happened but didn’t give me my job back

  24. rashmi says:

    Most self-employed workers who lose their source of income are not eligible for unemployment benefits. This is because unemployment insurance is funded by contributions from employers, and most self-employed workers do not make these contributions.

    However, there are some situations where self-employed workers may be eligible for unemployment benefits. You may be eligible, for example, if your business is incorporated and made unemployment contributions, or if you are unemployed as the result of a disaster, or if you are misclassified as self-employed.

    You should check with your unemployment office if you are not sure of your eligibility status.

  25. Rod Johnson says:

    I have been self employed for the past ten years. Due to current economic conditions I am now unemployed. Am I eligible for unemployment compensation as I have no current income source?

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