Kentucky Unemployment Benefits
Are you physically able to work?
Are you willing to actively look for a job?
Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?
Did you earn at least $2944 in the base period in Kentucky?
Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Jan 2012 - Mar 2012 to Oct 2012 - Dec 2012
How did you lose your job?
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?
Applying online is the easiest and fastest way to claim benefits. Check for more specific details such as timings and requirements to claim benefits in your state.
CALL: (877)369-5984. You can file a claim by calling (502) 875-0442.
Visit UC Center:
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What is the Eligibility Criteria in Kentucky?
There are some basic rules for eligibility. Even if you meet some of these rules partially, you should still apply for unemployment because state offices make a reasonable attempt to process your claim, as long as you provide a good justification.
To learn more check unemployment eligibility article
A "base period" is four consecutive calendar quarters that fall within the 18 month period before establishing a new benefit year.Claim your benefits
How to File Your Initial Claim in Kentucky?
If You Are Not a United States Citizen
You must give verification that you were legally eligible to work in your state and that you are presently eligible to begin a new job.
How to File Your Weekly Claim?
After you file your application for unemployment benefits, you must start filing your weekly claims. You require filing each week, even though you are:
You can file your weekly claim:
File every week that you want to claim benefits and keep on filing until you go back to work, run out of benefits or stop seeking work. You should claim at least one week before we can make a decision on your eligibility.
How to Claim for an Extension?
If you are presently filing weekly claims for unemployment benefits; carry on filing your weekly claim if you are jobless or working reduced hours. You will be informed by mail of your eligibility for the added benefits.
In case you have been filing weekly claims and are still laid off or working reduced hours, you will have to file an application for these extra benefits online or by telephone. You will be alerted by mail of your eligibility for the additional benefits.
To be eligible for EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits you must:
To be eligible for EB benefits you must:
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.
How Benefits are calculated?
To calculate your weekly benefits amount click here
The minimum benefits amount in Kentucky is $39.
The maximum benefits amount in Kentucky is $415
A "base period" is four consecutive calendar quarters that fall within the 18 month period before establishing a new benefit year.
To learn more Unemployment benefits article