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Kentucky Unemployment Application

You can file your initial claim either online or by telephone.

By Online

Individuals may file for unemployment benefits through this link.  

The KEWES internet claims system is accessible for filing an unemployment claim or requesting your bi-weekly check on-line. The system is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm Eastern Time.

By Telephone

Unemployment Insurance claimants who do not have access to the Internet or who speak Spanish can call 502-875-0442 Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Eastern Time, to file their initial or reopen claims by telephone. This is not a toll-free number.

If you have Unemployment Insurance questions, you can call at 502/564-2900.

To file a claim, you will need:

  1. Your social security number
  2. Your complete mailing address
  3. Name, address, and phone number for each of your employers over the last 18 months
  4. The exact day you began work at each job
  5. The last day you worked at each job

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Read Frequently Asked Questions for Claimants in Kentucky

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Questions & Answers

  1. Ralph says:

    I will be laid of at the end of the 2016-2017 school year (in June) after 3 years with this school system. My evaluation teaching evaluation rating for this year is “exemplary”, the highest there is. However, the principal says he wants to find a better fit for the school. My question is, if I do not find a teaching job for the new school year, can I apply for unemployment benefits while I actively search for new job opportunities? Thanks

  2. Paige M Reece says:

    If I work as a server full time and I’m 8 mos pregnant and Drs want to put me on bed rest and I get terminated do I qualify for benefits I have worked since 2010

    • Sam says:

      Unfortunately, personal reasons such as health are not considered.

      UI benefits are offered only to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons.

  3. Clarence OC Smith says:

    I was off on an excused medical leave from May 2016-July 2016. My short term DIB from worked didn’t pay me for almost 11 weeks. I had no money to get to work since they didn’t pay me. I live 60 miles from my old job. I called in but had no ppt to cover my leave after my excused time off. They apparently never fired me (any other employee would have gotten fired because of having no time to cover it). Anyways, I get paperwork in an email saying I was going to be terminated if I didn’t respond (only had 4 or 5 days to respond). Then I get my term papers when I got the email to respond if I was going back. Am I eligible for benefits? I also have a self employed job, that I only work 1 night per week currently, but that’s far from paying any bills. Would that disqualify me as well?

  4. Joe says:

    Is an extension on UI benefits available in Ky

    • Martin says:

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  5. Julie M Cornish says:

    I have been steadily employed my entire life. I started a job on 07/11/16. I was paid by check w no deductions for the first 3 months (Contract labor?) before they were going to put me on payroll. They decided after the 3 months that it was not a good fit and let me go. (?) Will this keep me from receiving unemployment benefits. I was paying deductions prior to this job.

    • Martin says:

      Well, UI benefits are only extended due to involuntary reasons such as layoffs. Since you were asked to leave due to performance issues, I am not sure if you will qualify.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  6. Brenda says:

    I worked in ky, I went to ohio to see my dad he had cancer, I did let my boss know of this 4 day leave and it was excused, we had discussed that if things got real bad for my dad I may move back to ohio but had not decided yet, after my 4 day leave was up I got a phone call from boss that maybe it best not to come back. he offered no other explantion. said I was an outstanding worker just no longer needed in ky. of course now I had to move back to ohio and can not find a job. can I file for unemployment? feeling hopeless

    • Martin says:

      You can be eligible to receive UI benefits if your job was terminated without any justification.

      Please be sure to keep supporting documents handy if there is a dispute raised by your employer.

  7. Mel says:

    If I was to quit my current job to relocate to another state, would I be eligible to collect UI?

    • Martin says:

      You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  8. Allen says:

    I worked in Ohio but live in Kentucky. Do I file unemployment benefits in Ohio or Kentucky?

  9. suzanne camarota says:

    I was just trying to file on line. I answered all the questions then was put on hold to speak to someone and got disconnected !!!!! The said if I hung up I would have to start the process over……i did NOT hang up but was disconnected…now what do I DO ????


  10. kevin Ishmael says:

    I worked in Indiana and KY for the same company my job took me back and forth from one store to another but for same company. Do I also need to file in Indiana

    • kathy says:

      You can only apply in a state that has your earnings recorded. If you did the same job the entire time you worked for this company, I doubt you have wages in both states. You can call the unemployment office in either to find out which state has your earnings report.

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