Kentucky Unemployment Weekly Claims

In order to keep receiving an unemployment check every week you must file a weekly claim, also known as a weekly certification or continued claim. You can file either online or by telephone.

By Online:

The KEWES (Kentucky’s Electronic Workplace for Employment Services ) internet claims system is accessible for 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. You cannot file a claim or request a bi-weekly check on Saturdays.

By Telephone:

To request your bi-weekly benefit check by telephone, you can call at (877) 3MY-KYUI or (877) 369-5984 (toll free).

  1. I was told to claim my first benefit check July 7th so I did and it said “claim is being processed” I called today to check the status and it said no claim had been filed. So I tried to claim my benefit check again today after answering all the questions it told me I had to refile for unemployment benefits what did I do wrong. I now have to wait for them to approve me for unemployment all over again

    • I can understand your frustration. I suggest you call the Claims Center to know where you went wrong on a real-time basis. They will have access to your file.

  2. If I need to change my bank account information due to changing banks, how long will it take to process the change?

  3. I just called to try and request and it said that I already claimed for the week of 5/13… a couple of days ago when I tried to claim online it said I couldnt do it and had to refile. Now I’m calling today after getting the qualified letter and it says I already claimed it? Does it mean that I need to wait on the payment to go through or what?

    • If you’re looking at the documental proof for tax purposes, please ask for a 1099-G. You should be able to download this from the official web portal of the Unemployment Office.

      For further details, please call the Unemployment Office.

  4. please help, i filed for unemployment on March 16th, went into the office the following week to make sure it was all done correctly, the lady told me and wrote it on a paper to file first check April 1st then every 14 days, on the paperwork it says to file first check on April the 2nd. What am i supposed to do PLEASE HELP

    • Please call the Claims Center immediately for an update on payment status and further instructions. Once approved, you’re required to claim on a weekly basis.

  5. I have been collecting UI since November and last Sunday I logged in and did my weekly claim like always and my check wasn’t deposited Wednesday morning. So I logged back in and noticed that the website let me request a claim for the same weeks that I did Sunday so I thought maybe I didn’t hit submit on Sunday. So I wait until today to see a deposit made and nothing so I log back in and the website still looked like it didn’t take the request. I know I submitted everything and on Wednesday I tried to claim it again to make sure I got the message that a request has already been made and did so does anyone have any idea what’s going on.

  6. I just called to get inquire about check. It said check was mailed today. But it was suppose to be direct deposit. Im visiting family up north and cant get hold of anyone from ui office

    • Direct deposits do not take much time to credit since they are made electronically.

      Please call the Claims Center for an update if you do not see the credit in 2-3 days.

  7. I have been approved for benefits. I requested two weeks worth of checks. I filed January 4th, and still haven’t seen a check. I call my local unemployment office and I sit on the phone for over two hours and I can never get anyone to answer?

    • The first week is the “Waiting Period”. You should start receiving the payment in about 7-10 days from the time of the first claim and then it’s a smooth flow.

      Please try calling them during off-peak hours for update.

  8. I was laid off for 2 weeks, then back on the job. I filed and only got one week check because of waiting week. I can’t claim another week because I’m back at work . Will I get the check for the 2nd week I was out of work?

  9. I filed my first claim on friday and it said everything was well and being processed,so i tried to check on my status and cant find anything regarding my claim can anyone tell me why

    • Not sure how you checked. You may call and speak to a representative from the Claims Center for a status update.

      The first claim takes about 7-10 days to be processed.

  10. Why can’t I check the status of my claim in kewes? I live & claimed in Ky, & it seems when searching online almost every state has a “check claim status” on their site… I just had an appeal hearing & obviously am anxious to find out the decision!

    • Well, if they have made a decision, you should be able to find an update online. Please speak to a member of the Claims Center for an update.

  11. I applied for unemployment on the 1st of November. I claimed my first check on the 17th. The instructions say to file a claid each week. Each time week I file it pushes my check request date to a later date. What am I doing wrong?

    • I suggest that you speak to a representative from the claims center to find out more.

      Please call the office on the phone numbers provided.

    • It is known as the waiting week. As far as I am aware, compensation is not paid for the first week.

      Please call the Claims Center for specific details.

  12. I lost my job in January and was told by the company HR director that I had to wait for my severance package to expire before I could file for unemployment insurance. I have since found out that is not true. Is there any way to file for the unemployment I have missed since January ?

    • One must wait for the severance pay period to be over before claiming.

      You can call the Unemployment Office in your state for further clarification.

  13. I went online to get my biweekly first check and when I say no to the question of did I receive any income the next page keeps on asking me for the employer name and what dollar figure.

  14. I had to go out of the country for a family emergency and was gone for about 7 weeks during which time I did not request my bi weekly checks. I am still unemployed at this time and back home. I have recently applied for SNAP and they are showing a balance owed to me from unemployment insurance. Can I still receive my money that I was approved for and if so what do I need to do to start the process?

    • We do not have any information in this regard.

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

  15. When filed for benefits for week of 20 December. When called to check status of check said I had claimed bbefits for week of 20 and 22. Don’t no what to do? This is first check for 2015 we have filed for since feb it March of 2015. Any ideals in what I should do?

    • I did not understand your question.

      Please elaborate or call the claims center on the phone numbers provided for precise information .

  16. I was supposed to request my first Check on December 25 but was unable to do so. I have a part time job and did not have pay stub copies to enter in the correct gross for those weeks. I have now obtained those pay stubs and need to file. How do I do this since I have missed the date to file it?


    • You may be allowed to file on a later day during the same week.

      Please call the claims center for further information in this regard and file accordingly.

    • Please call the claims center for further details pertaining to this situation.

      Some states allow to refile on a later date during the same week.

    • Please note that we are not a govt. website or do we have any links with the labor dept in your state.

      Feel free to ask us questions if you are having difficulty filing online.

  18. I have changed e-mail address. How do I get that changed in the system. Also I haven’t received anything since I received a letter dated 04/22/2014. The letter stated that severance pay could not be deducted. Thanks

  19. I have waited the time for the previous employer to deny claim but i haven’t hear how much i will receive or if they are fighting it when will i know that information?

    • If you have filed for UI online,you should be able to check real time status on the website by logging onto your account.If the information provided online is not clear,you can call the claims center on 1-800-648-6057.

  20. I applied for benefits on July 9th, 2013 on line. I have only received a letter telling me what I would be getting. I have not heard anything else from anybody. I was just wondering what I need to do so that I can started getting the benefit. Thank You .

    • Call the local office. If you have worked at all since you applied, have gross earnings by week Sunday to Saturday, employer name, address and phone number and see if they will file your claim for the weeks you have been unable to.Did you try claimimg for these weeks online? You might try that first.

  21. I filed my bi-weekly claim today and it said it was processed but i havent recieved any kind of acceptance ketter yet does this mean im accepted? when will i recieve my check?

    • Right after filing your initial claim you would be asked to start your biweekly claims. It might take a week or two to process your documents before a determination letter is posted. Your biweekly claim is accepted but you might have to wait for the determination letter to know if you are accepted.

  22. After I file my claim and request my first payment (direct deposit) how long until I receive payment?

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