Updated : July 10th, 2018
State: Kentucky (KY)
Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount: $502
Maximum Weeks of benefits:26
Current Jobless rate:3.5
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State: Kentucky (KY)
Phone Number:(877)369-5984. You can file a claim by calling (502) 875-0442.
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.