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Updated : July 10th, 2018

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.

Questions & Answers

  1. My company got reawarded a gov contract, i have to reapply for my job and they are cutting pay. If I do not accept position will I be eligible for UI?

    1. Melinda,

      If you’re officially being laid off, I am guessing you should be eligible. Please get in touch with the Unemployment Office in your state for clarification.

    2. My question is why is the state of Kentucky making people pay back the unemployment benefits that helps the people out and how are they getting away with it?

  2. I work at a child care facility. We are currently lacking in the number of children in our center. This is causing hours to be cut drastically. I went from 40+ to around 28 hours a week. Would I be able to apply for partial UI?

  3. My place of employment is closing for two weeks for a remodel. I was wondering if I would be eligible to file for unemployment while they are closed? I have worked there for 9 yrs. I have never applied before and I will be going back as soon as it reopens.

  4. My husband was involved in a logging accident. He works for his father that does carry insurance on his workers. He will not be able to work for up to 6 months. Does he qualify for unemployment compensation.

    1. Well, I am not sure if your husband will be eligible under these circumstances. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  5. I was told my job was going to close down in the next few weeks, so I quit my job to give myself time enough to find another one. My work place is now closed, Am I eligible for unemployment?

    1. Nicole,

      UI benefits are extended to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons. You should have probably waited for them to lay you off.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  6. I was placed on an involuntary leave of absence from my employer. I am not receiving any pay from the employer and I have applied for unemployment. My claim was denied, I did an appeal, my appeal was denied for misconduct. However I have never received disciplinary actions from the employer. What should I do?

    1. Shara,

      This must be a tricky situation for you. Please speak to your employer and pursue them to bring a formal end to your employment.

  7. If you go in to work one day, and the doors are locked, can you still file for unemployment without a formal layoff notice.

  8. I have been unemployed since 01/01/2017 and reciecing UI benefits. I applied for the Title V WOIA program where I will work a few hours each week at minimum wage. How will this affect my UI benefits? Also how do I submit these hours when claiming UI benefits?

  9. I was fired from my job on March 27 as a result of violating their building security policy. Over several months’ time I admitted 3 different people into the building that our Director was not expecting, One was someone they allowed me to admit a couple of days previous, one was someone I mistook for a caseworker who would always have access, and one was someone I mistook as part of our computer support team. The company Progressive Disciplinary Plan was not followed before the termination. I had close to 12 years employment with no complaints about the quality of my work and several years without absence. I was not given the option of resigning in good standing.

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

  10. my job requires driving, stopping getting in and out of the truck several times a day. I have hidrodenitis. It prevents me from walking. I must have surgery @ Cleveland clinic. I’m told I’ll be off my feet for 4 months. I can’t expect to hold up my company waiting on me. If I am forced to quit can I get ui. I live in jeff co ky

  11. I worked for a company for 2 years that informed me they were selling my department. I was hired at another company and am on a probation period for 60 days. If I’m let go from this new job either during my probation period or after, will I be eligible for unemployment? How much money per week would I receive?Was earning $346 after taxes at first job per week, now $360 per week at the new job. I have always been a full-time employee.

    1. If you’re asked to leave after or during the probation period due to performance related issues, you will not be eligible to claim Unemployment Compensation.

      Please use the “Calculator” to estimate benefits.

  12. My company will ve letting me go due to productivity…6 months ago corporate changed the requirements, before then i had no issues with production..I have voiced my concerns but was told this is what corporate has implemented so there is nothing they can do. Im not familiar with Ky rules…will i be eligible for unemplyment?

  13. I have worked for a retail company for the past 12 years. Today they told 11 of us that they are cutting full time people that work support and that we will no longer be benefits eligible. We will be dropped to 28 hours a week instead of the 35+ we have always worked. Would we qualify for any type of assistance for the difference?

  14. I have worked for a company since January 2016 and today I was told that I was being left go because I was not a good fit for the company. Will I be able to collect benefits. I was never giving any warnings and I was blindsided by being fired.

    1. Generally, performance issues are considered voluntary. However, there can be exceptions like yours, where you were asked to go without notice.

      Please call the Unemployment Office to ascertain eligibility.

  15. I have been at my job for over a year and my employer just changed my start time by 2 hrs. This new start time is making things very difficult for me. If I were to quit, would I qualify for unemployment in the state of KY?

    1. Unemployment Benefits are only offered to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons. Resigning will not work in your favor.

  16. I am getting laid off a high paying engineering job in Calvert City, Kentucky after 28 months. During this whole time I lived in a hotel in Kentucky paying week to week. My home and house and IRS filing address is in Houston, Texas. I am going back there after this job. Where do I file and where do I collect unemployment from?? I will get the maximum benefit. What is it? The one in Texas or in Kentucky??

  17. I worked in a different state and was laid off drawled unemployment. Come back home was still on unemployment and eventually found employment. I was overpaid and found myself laid off again in my home state a year latter. I can I drawl unemployment in this state even if I have not completely repaid overpayments in another state.

    1. You can be eligible to claim UI benefits as long as separation from the last job was not voluntary. I hope you’ve read and understood the “Eligibility Criteria”.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further information.

  18. I was terminated on 09/15. I received payment for unused vacation via check dated 9/24. Does that income get entered in the week the check was dated or the week I was terminated? This is in Kentucky.

    1. Yes, you’re required to declare the income earned.

      Please call the Claims Center for further information in this regard.

  19. I currently am working two part time jobs. The employer I am working for is retiring and the business is shutting down next week. Am I eligible to draw UI while even though I am working my other part time job? My income will be cut in half.
    Thank you

  20. A salaried person is laid off and then offered a hourly position for a lower rate of pay. The Kentucky employer gave 1 day notice of the lay off. Can the employee collect unemployment for the difference in pay?

    1. The W2 will be available for download from the official website of the Unemployment Office/Labor Department of your state.

      Alternatively, you may also call the office for other channels to access a copy.

  21. How do I access a copy of the benefits I have already received. I need proof of my last unemployment check.

    1. Please login to your account online to retrieve payment proofs. Alternatively, you can also call the Unemployment Office.

  22. Is being asked short handed and to do the job of 3 or 4 people considered enough undue hardship to be considered for unemployment?

    1. It can be a violation of the Labor Laws in your state.

      Please research further or call the Labor Department in your state to get a better understanding.

  23. I work for a company where I take care of intellectually disabled adults. I currently work 42 miles (1 hour) from my home. I work in a house where I stay all night and day for 70 hours straight with the intellectually disabled adults. I had heard through the grapevine that they were going to close my house down and move my clients out. Anytime I asked my bosses they would say “we don’t know anything.” This past Thursday (June 2nd), while on shift, my boss called me to say that the next day (Friday, June 3rd) my clients would be moving out and my house would shut down. I have asked to work for the company in my county and was told nothing was available. My boss said she would need me to travel 92 miles (2.5 hours) from my house to another house to take care of other intellectually disabled clients. She said I would be there for 3-4 weeks and that my hours would be going down to 33 hours from the 70 that I have been working for 9 months. My boss said that after the 3-4 weeks was up I would be moved to another house that is 85 miles (2 hours) from my home. I have figured up the expenses with gas and I would be spending almost half my paycheck in gas. This is just too far for me to travel. If I was to quit my job would I be able to get unemployment until I am able to find a job closer to home?

    1. You can be eligible under certain circumstances such as distance traveled to work.

      Please speak to the Unemployment Office in your state to confirm and decide accordingly.

  24. 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?

      1. I worked for a 3 different companies in the last 18 months and my last employer laid me off after only being with him for 2 months , so my question is can I draw unemployment with these circumstances?

        1. Yes, you can be eligible to draw UI compensation as long as the separation from the last job was due to involuntary reasons.

  25. 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?

  26. 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

    1. For situations like yours, there are exceptions.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to confirm.

  27. 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?

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

  28. 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…

    1. 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.

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

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

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. 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?

    1. 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.

  34. 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?

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

  35. 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

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

      Extended benefits is not available at this time.

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

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

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

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

  38. 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?

  39. 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?

    1. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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

  42. 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.

  43. 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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