Kentucky Unemployment Base Period

Your base period is the period of time that you worked, prior to losing your job in which you establish the amount of money that you will receive in unemployment. The more money that you made in your base period, the larger the amount that you will recieve every week for unemployment.

The base period is a period of one year, and does not include the most recent quarter (most recent three months).

For example, if you lost your job on April 1 2010, and filed for unemployment that same day -- your base period would be January 1 2009 to December 31 2009. Remember - the base period does not include the most recent three months - so your base period does not include January 1, 2010 to March 30, 2010.

Effect of Base Period on Filing A Second Unemployment Claim, after your unemployment benefits have run out: If you did not work during your base period, you generally are not eligible to receive unemployment benefits. If you only received unemployment income during your base period - there is a big chance you will not receive further unemployment benefits if filing an entirely new claim.

The counselors at your local unemployment office are very knowledgable professionals and can help you understand how to calculate your base period. Also, if your regular or extended unemployment benefits run out, or stop, you should go ahead and file for unemployment again, and talk with an unemployment counselor about your case.

Still Have Questions?

To go back to the Kentucky Unemployment FAQ Page, click here: Kentucky Unemployment FAQ

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

Maybe We Can Help: 

If you can't find the answer to your question, you can fill out the comment form below and I will answer your question ASAP, or you can ask the The Unemployment Expert.


# Karl Schildmeyer 2011-08-17 14:55
Im a business owner who is about to lose his business.Have not taken a check in over 18 months.Which means not paid into the system. But before then had paid in for 10 years. Am I eligable for benifits based on what I have already paid in?
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote
# BARBARA 2012-05-07 12:02
Can a person receive unemployment from a part time job? Person has worked over a year and was released from employment due to the business closing for remodeling and expected to be closed for several months.
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote
# Brooke 2013-01-08 01:31
Ive been on unemployment for 6 months. An as of 2013 my check i just requested was only half of what it was in 2012. Does this mean i have to request my check each week now?
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote
# april 2013-01-13 11:37
I worked January 4, 2012 to September 29, 2012 at one job then started a new job on October 23, 2012 to just recently got laid off on January 11, 2013...there was three weeks in there that i wasnt working, because we went on a family vacation and i was working on getting the new job as well did physical before we went on trip and when i got back from the trip i didnt hear from them till later in the week....but anyway would that 3 weeks hurt me being eligible for unemployment?
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote

Add comment

If you have a question about your unemployment situation, or about unemployment in general, please post it here and we will try to answer it as quickly as possible, and post our reply here so that others can benefit from your question.
Also, we welcome your comments -- please tell us about your unemployment situation. Tell your story. How did you get laid-off? Have you found a new job yet? Do you have any unemployment tips to share?
- -*-
PLEASE NOTE that your comment will not post automatically, but will appear after the admin has approved it.
- -*-

Security code