Kentucky Unemployment Guide

If you've recently lost your job in Kentucky, you may be eligible for Kentucky Unemployment Insurance benefits. This is a guide to filing your claim for Kentucky unemployment benefits. Since each situation may have its own unique circumstances, make sure you check with the contact numbers and websites listed below to make sure you get the maximum benefits you can claim.

Filing for Unemployment:

Unemployed Kentucky workers can file an initial claim for unemployment benefits one of two ways:

  1. Online - using the Kentucky Unemployment Insurance Internet Claim System
  2. Telephone – 859-547-3362 (M – F, 7:30am to 7:30pm ET)

File your claim right away after you've stopped working – don't delay. Your claim starts the week you file. Unemployment benefits are not retroactive, so if you delay you may lose benefits.

When you file your initial unemployment benefit application, you will need the following information:

  • Name, address & phone
  • SSN & date of birth
  • Name, address, phone number and dates worked for all employers for the past 18 months
  • If you were discharged from the military in the last 18 months, you'll need Copy #4 of your DD Form 214
  • If you were a Federal employee in the last 18 months, you'll need SF 8 or SF 50 (or W2 or pay stubs)
  • If you are not a US Citizen, you'll need your Alien Registration Number, expiration, and type

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Filing your bi-weekly Claim:

Kentucky weekly unemployment benefits range between a minimum of $39 and a maximum of $415 per week. Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) currently adds an additional $25 per week to your benefit. To estimate your benefits, use the Kentucky Unemployment benefits calculator online.

You can bi-file your weekly claim form online, or over the telephone:

  1. Online – Request your bi-weekly check online though the KEWES system (M – F, 7:00am -7:00pm; Sunday 2:00pm – 9:00pm; not available on Saturday)
  2. Telephone – 866-291-2926 (M – F, 7:00am to 7:00pm ET; Sunday 2:00pm – 9:00pm; not available on Saturday)

When you file your initial application, you will be given a date to file for your next check. Your check will be mailed shortly after you have completed your check request.

Unemployment Benefits:

Health Insurance benefits may be available to you through the Health Coverage Tax Credit - Check the COBRA Subsidy Fact Sheet (PDF), COBRA and The IRS for details.

Career services and training assistance are available through The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

Filing for extensions:

If an extended benefit period is declared, based on unemployment rates, and you qualify, you automatically enrolled for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC). Once EUC is exhausted, you may be eligible for Extended Benefits (EB). If you are eligible, the Kentucky Office of Unemployment and Training will mail you an instruction letter.

Ending Unemployment:

When you return to work, file for credit for the remaining few days you didn't work. Then, just stop filing - when you stop weekly filing, your unemployment benefits automatically end.


Due to the number of people requesting checks early in the week, your check may actually arrive sooner if you wait to request payment later in the week (after Monday).

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