How to Get Kentucky Unemployment Benefits

If you are out of work, you have enough to worry about. And, on top of the stress, filing for Kentucky unemployment benefits can be a frustrating process. Rest assured, it is easier if you know exactly how to file an unemployment claim in the state of Kentucky and what information you need in order to file for unemployment benefits.

Read on to find out how to file for Kentucky unemployment benefits. Discover the answers to the most common unemployment benefit questions.

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    There are two ways to file a claim for Kentucky unemployment benefits: online, on the phone, or at an office. To file online, visit the Kentucky Unemployment Internet Claim Filing website. Internet filing is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To file for Kentucky unemployment benefits by phone, call (859) 547-3362. Phone filing is available between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. If you prefer to go to an office in person, file at an Office for Employment and Training (OET). There are four OET locations where you can file for unemployment in the Louisville area:

    • 600 West Cedar Street, Louisville
      (502) 595-0099, (502) 595-4003
    • 6201 G Preston Highway, Louisville
      (502) 595-4150
    • 31 Mt. Rushmore, Shelbyville
      (502) 633-5083
    • 508 Buffalo Run Road, Suite 100, Shepherdsville
      (502) 955-9131
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    Continuing Unemployment Insurance

    You have done all the paperwork and are now receiving benefits. Congratulations! You've completed the process! Well, not really... While it feels good to get the task out of the way, know that you are still required to request your checks for the duration of time you are receiving compensation. There are two ways to do this. Online at www.kewes.ky.gov during the following times: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday. If you prefer, you can also request checks over the phone. Call (866) 291-2926. This option is available 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday and 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday.

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    What Do I Need to File an Unemployment Claim?

    You'll need to have your social security number and your complete mailing address. For work history, you will need the name, address, and phone number for all of the employers you have worked for over the last 18 months, and the exact start and ending dates of employment for those employers. By exact, they want day, month, and year when employment began and ended.

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    Kentucky unemployment benefits may be available for individuals who were laid off from their most recent job. In some cases, benefits can also be collected if an employee quit or were fired. In these instances, there must be certain circumstances. For example, if you were not fired for a good cause or if you quit because of dangerous conditions, you may be eligible for benefits.

    The minimum per-week unemployment benefit that can be collected is $39, and the maximum is $415. The amount of time that you can collect unemployment benefits varies, but all individuals who are awarded Kentucky unemployment benefits can collect their benefits for a minimum of 15 weeks.

    Note: Jessica Elliott's article was edited by a current expert. September, 2016.