Kentucky Unemployment Requirements

In order to start your unemployment, KY unemployment requirements include the following:

1. You are totally unemployed. Depending on your vocation and industry, you may qualify for unemployment if you have had your hours reduced.
2. You have worked and earned a minimum amount of wages in work covered by unemployment tax during the past 18 months.
3. You have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you were laid-off you will qualify for unemployment. In most cases, if you were fired for cause - you will not be eligible to collect unemployment. If you were fired for cause, you SHOULD apply for unemployment anyway, just in case you are eligible to get it.
4. You are able and available for work. If you are unable to work because of disability or medical condition, you may not meet the Kentucky unemployment requirements, but you should apply anyway. If you are not eligible for unemployment, you may be eligible to collect disability benefits, and the case worker at the unemployment office will be able to direct you on how to apply for disability.
5. You are registered for work at your local Workforce Development Center. You must do this when you apply for unemployment, and every week when you certify your weekly claim.
6. You are actively seeking work. You must apply to a minimum of two jobs per week.

To continue receiving weekly unemployment benefits, KY unemployment requirements state that you must file a 'weekly claim' by doing the following:

1. Meet all of the KY unemployment requirements listed above.
2. Apply for at least two jobs each week.
3. Contact the Kentucky unemployment office to file your 'weekly claim'. You can do this via phone or on the internet.

Local: 502-564-2900 Kentucky Office of Employment and Training Office Kentucky Unemployment Website

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# Richard 2011-01-05 21:29
worked in four states this year, now living in a fifth (different) state...was laid off from seasonal job in last state ...which state should or could apply to for unemployment benefits.
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# Jhon 2011-12-02 11:08
I quit a job with a very large firm about a month ago, i went to work for my father in a retail store, now he is talking about laying some people off, he mentioned me because i was the newest and it is only fair. but can i draw unemployment still, because i have not worked at this job long enough to get my credits i need for unemployment, could i draw off of my last job. thanks.
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# Amanda p 2012-03-06 02:02
I have been off work on medical leave since july 2011. Its not workmans comp. and i dont have short or long term disability. I havent been getting paid at all for being off work. I saw my dr. last week and he said for me to find a job sitting down, that i didnt need to be on my feet all the time. He didnt say that i was unable to work, just not able to do the work i was doing. So i was wondering if i should see if he concidering me to be disabled, or if i could get unemployment or what i should do. thank you amanda
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# cindy 2012-06-10 15:27
my husband is being relocated by the Department of
Defense for his job and we will be moving over 200 miles away therefore I would not be able to keep my job. Would I be eligible for unemployment until I found a new job?
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# Whitley 2012-08-20 17:38
I worked at a job for 3 days short of 6 months and was fired. shortly after I started a factory job and was there for a little over 3 months. It has been a month since my factory job. can I draw unemployment?
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# Laurrelle 2012-08-26 03:25
my wages were cut by more than half can I qualify for partial unemployment for reduced wages?
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# KAYLA 2013-02-28 14:32
My hours at work were reduced. They might not work me at all during the week or may work me 10 t0 15 hours a week. I need more hours. Can I receive unemployment.
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# sherry` 2013-03-21 11:02
I have been laid off because I am physically unable to perform my duties due to an injury. Am I applicable for my unemployment?
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# George 2013-03-21 19:46
I was working through a temp agency, then was hired in full time. I was promised a $1 raise on my hourly pay + a 5% shift difrential. When I was hired in full time I had actually lost a dollar an hour on my pay, then had to be paid by a paycard. I had talked to our HR person about the paycard and she had told me all I had to do was call and activate the card, but when doing so the machine had told me the card was declined, I went and asked again if all the paperwork was filled out completely, which I was told yes a multitude of times for a month. In which I hadn't recieved my pay, which then they told me to take time off till I had recieved my pay, in which doing so, my Boss had found a form that wasnt filled out, in which saying it was all my fault I wasn't being paid, so I was docked points for the days I had took off, in which also not being paid I had no means of making it to work, docking more points and loosing my job. I have been out of work for 2 and 1/2 months now, would I be eligable for unemployment for these means?
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# Walt 2013-03-26 20:56
I resigned from my job because of a heart issue, and my doctor suggested I find a less stressful job. Im better and can work again. Can i get benefits while Im looking for a new job?
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# marc 2013-04-03 21:48
I'm finishing up in the military and plan to attend college would I qualify for unemployment?
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# Tammy 2013-05-13 10:28
I have worked at the same job for the past 10 years, insurance office. I am also going to Nursing school. I plan on quiting work soon to focus on school. Would I be elgible for unemployment?
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# Tammy 2013-05-13 10:30
I have worked at the same job for the last 10 years. I am also going to Nursing school. I plan on quitting my full time job soon to fucus on school. Would I be elgible for unemployment benefits
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# Pat 2013-05-14 10:51
I was recorded unknowingly along with 2 other co workers by a different co worker discussing how a new protocol was not our area of expertise. The tape was played to multiple other co workers and I was the only one suspended for 3 days without pay. (Protocol was subsequently changed while I was gone) Can I claim unemployment?
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# jennifer 2013-08-15 20:32
I have worked at a job for a year and a half. They are planning on relocating the company. It will take me an hour and a half to two hours each way. I am a single mom of 3. Would I be able to get unemployment until I find another job closer?
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# Crystal 2017-07-31 15:14
I missed my eligibility review period. How do I move forward in my unemployment process from here?
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# jeanette 2017-09-08 17:46
I have worked for a non-profit for 13 yrs and have been let go. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?
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# Chris 2017-09-15 18:39
My father-in-law lost his job about two months ago. During that time he did not file for unemployment because he didn't know that he could. He now has a new job that he has been working at for two weeks, can he file for unemployment and get paid for the two months that he was out of work?
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# Lauren 2017-11-26 22:34
I quit my job to become a flight attendant but didn’t pass all the classss in training. Now I am unemployed looking for a new job. Am I eligible for unemployment?
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# Donna 2017-12-06 14:58
If our company hires an employee with the specified term of April through November (a seasonal employee), will (s)he be eligible to collect unemployment on our company?
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