Kentucky Weekly Unemployment Application

Most states have unemployment benefits based on a state-wide basis. Kentucky, however, is a little different. In Kentucky, the benefits received will actually vary from one part of the state to the next. It is important to keep this in mind when asking about the benefits that you will qualify for when you claim weekly unemployment.

Basic Requirements

The basic requirements for collecting unemployment start with your actual employment. You must have been employed and you must be currently unemployed through no fault of your on. You must continue to file your weekly unemployment claim for the duration of your benefits period. You must answer any questions that are presented to you by unemployment division staff.

Filing a Claim

Kentucky unemployment benefits can be claimed either by filing on the Internet or by filing on the phone. The Internet filing is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while the phone services are available between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. When filing, you must have your social security number, employment information for the last 18 months and your personal contact information. The phone number to use is 859-547-3362 and the website is File the claim request as soon as you become laid off as any delay in filing can cause your benefits to be delayed. There will be a one week waiting period before the first benefit payment is made.

Information Required

There is certain information that will be required when filing your weekly unemployment. You must have the employer names and addresses for every company or person you have worked for in the last 18 months. You will also need the dates of employment with each. You will have to demonstrate that you are not unemployed through any fault of your own. Written notices regarding no your termination or layoff may be necessary to start benefits.

Benefit Amounts

The weekly claim for unemployment benefit rates will range between a minimum of $39 and a maximum of $415. The time that residents can continue to file and collect their Kentucky unemployment weekly claim benefits will vary, but the minimum period is 15 weeks. The maximum is typically 26 weeks, although this can be extended during times of high unemployment.

Unemployment weekly claims should be made as soon as possible during the new week. You are required to seek employment during this time and are responsible for keeping a record of all job contacts, including resumes that are sent out via mail or through the Internet. For more information regarding your rights and responsibilities, visit

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