Kansas Unemployment Insurance Benefits

The stuttering economy has carved a daunting landscape for families who are either unemployed or underemployed. Workforce initiatives and government legislation to jumpstart the economy is hopeful; however, until an individual finds a job, he or she will need some financial support such as unemployment compensation.

No state is immune to the unemployment crisis that is in this nation. Even within states like Kansas with a relatively low unemployment rate, many people are remaining unemployed longer than normal. In July 2011, the unemployment rate in Kansas was 6.8 percent. This number represents a portion of individuals who have been without a full-time job for 27 weeks or longer.

Individuals who live in the state of Kansas may receive compensation for unemployment through the regular state program. They may also receive additional weeks of unemployment compensation benefits according to the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and Extended Benefit (EB) programs. In some cases, individuals may qualify for up to 99 weeks of benefits from all programs combined.

Kansas Unemployment Claim Process

Individuals may file their initial unemployment compensation claim by using the Internet or telephone. In order to complete the initial claim, individuals will need to provide:

  • A valid social security number
  • Complete mailing address
  • Daytime telephone number
  • Names and contact information of all employers during the previous 18 months
  • Length of employment at each job
  • Reason for separation
  • County residence
  • Driver’s license number
  • Employment authorization number and expiration date for non U.S. citizens
  • DD-214 form for active duty military (previous 18 months)
  • SF-50 form or pay stub for federal employees

Unemployment claims are established once the system accepts the application. If a problem occurs during the claim application process, individuals will have 14 days from the initial date to complete it. Individuals will need to restart the application process after the 14 day period.

The website to complete the online Kansas unemployment claim application is http://www.getkansasbenefits.gov/. Individuals may access the system from noon on Sunday until 9:00 p.m. the following Monday; 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday; and 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday.

To file by telephone, individuals should contact unemployment call center toll free at 800-292-6333.

Receiving Compensation for Unemployment in Kansas

An individual that claims unemployment may receive a weekly benefit amount. After the initial application, it is necessary to file unemployment claims for each week an individual remains unemployed.

Monetary determination of the claim for unemployment is based on wages earned during a predetermined base period.

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