Kentucky Unemployment Extension

If your Kentucky unemployment benefits have run out you may be eligible to receive extended unemployment benefits through one of the state or federal unemployment extension programs.

This federal unemployment extension programs is called Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (Also known as EUC08).

Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08) includes 4 stages, or tiers. Each tier has a different maximum time period for which your unemployment extension will last:

Tier 1 EUC08: 20 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 2 EUC08: 14 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 3 EUC08: 13 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 4 EUC08: 6 week maximum unemployment extension.

If you use up all of your regular unemployment benefits, normally you don't have to apply for an unemployment extension because the system automatically applies for you, if you are eligible. It is very important that you keep track of your benefits to make sure you receive your unemployment extension if you are eligible.

If you get close to your unemployment benefits running out, give your unemployment counselor a call to check to see what you have to do in order to get they unemployment extension.

There is another type of unemployment extension called Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED), more commonly referred to as Extended Benefits (EB). You will only qualify for the EB unemployment extension if you have used up all of your regular unemployment benefits and also used up all of your EUC08 unemployment extension.

If you qualify for the EB unemployment extension you will receive additional benefits equal to 20 weeks or 80% of the maximum benefit amount on the original unemployment claim, whichever amount is less.

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To go the main Kentucky Unemployment page, click here: Kentucky Unemployment

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# G Fette 2012-02-16 18:28
I will receive my last check in about 2 weeks, I've been receiving for about 5 months, My question is do I file a claim,or do I file for an extension?I found through the internet though extension's will end in Feb sometime 2012.I'm clueless please help and Thank-You.
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# John 2012-03-27 12:29
I have been drawing unemployment in Kentucky for almost 6 months. This is my last week. I live in Ohio but worked in Kentucky. Am I eligible for Extended Unemployment Benefits?
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# mike 2012-12-11 14:55
Regular unemployment runs out in january2013 can i get an extention
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# adam 2012-12-31 05:05
as of right now no, but im hoping something happens.
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# Jeanette Wools 2016-07-18 14:38
My benefits will run out in October. Am I eligible for an extension? I filed my claim in Kentucky but I now live in Texas.
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# Kenneth Murphy 2016-07-21 23:16
Is Kentucky residence still eligible for a unemployment extension after they exhausted the 26 weeks if still having issues finding work to meet there skills?
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# von cantrell 2016-07-25 15:37
I have one week on my unemployment can I get the extension on unemployment
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# Kathy Lewis 2017-07-11 17:26
My benefits have ended. How doi know if and how to apply for an extension??
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# Kathy Lewis 2017-07-11 17:33
How do i know and how do i file for an extension
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# Heather 2017-07-16 19:14
I'm a resident of kentucky. My 26 weeks of unemployment runs our soon. I have 3 weeks left of benefits . $609 to be exact. Is Kentucky currently offering Extended unemployment benefits bc they've not mentioned it to me and if so what do I need to do to get an extension?

Thank you,

Heather Jones
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# Tina Varney 2017-07-17 12:01
How do I find out if I am available for an extension on unemployment?
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# bart 2017-08-22 13:04
my last check i received said i have enough money for 1 week pay. does the extension automatically apply itself if you call your check in or do i need to do something?
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# Jason 2017-09-13 12:06
Are any extensions currently available?
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# Tammy 2017-09-16 02:02
My unemployment is almost ready to run out it states ask your councilor if your eligible for a extension. Didn't know I had a councilor and what are they suppose to help you with or do. Now there's a lady I have to go report stuff to and bring statement in to her is that who you are referring to? I thought a councilor was suppose to help you with certain things I could be mistaken tho, but would like to know
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# Timothy Culver 2017-10-05 09:15
I have been trying to contact someone to see if there are any extensions available as my unemployment has expired. Also, need to get a printout of benefits dispersed. I am no longer to get this locally.
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# Charles Taylor 2017-10-23 09:27
So if I'm down to my last week of filing a unemployment should I wait to see if I get a extension, just file for a unemployment check next time and see if I get it?
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# Shell 2017-11-16 11:23
Are there any extensions available right now?
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# lydia porter 2017-12-06 12:53
I received my last check today and I called the Interstate Section unemployment office and they said, they don't do extensions? Is their something I'm doing wrong or a different number I could call?
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