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How to File For Unemployment in Kentucky

If you’ve recently lost your job in Kentucky, the state can support you for about half a year. That’s 26 weeks, more or less. That should be enough time to find a regular job; otherwise, you may file for an extension if they would allow that for your case.


All unemployment bureaus require their valid claimants to be qualified for the coveted benefits. It allows people to be equitably dealt with. First, your wage for your base period should have reached at least $750. The second requirement is that you’re not slouching at home, mucking over your life. You must be actively looking for another source of income.

In addition, you must show that you’re quite capable of working as an able-bodied worker once again. This is unemployment after all, and not disability. There are other bureaus that handle disability. So let’s make it clearer: file for unemployment benefits if you’ve lost your job but you are able-bodied and are capable of supporting yourself after a period of time.


Where does one register for the unemployment benefits? Head on over to the Kentucky’s Office for Unemployment and fill out the forms there. It might also be helpful if you talk to the right personnel there and ask just how long the evaluation and approval period is.

Here’s the thing: the Kentucky Office for Unemployment would also refer jobs to the unemployed. Giving away unemployment benefits is not their sole and most important function. So make sure that you check with them for available jobs that you can easily grab so you would be off the benefits as soon as possible.


Some of the documents that would be required for a valid claim for unemployment benefits include your actual address at home (no P.O. boxes, if possible), your Social Security and of course, details regarding your former employer. Make sure that you give enough information about your former employer.

Will they check whether the former employer does exist? Of course, they would! Will the bureau check whether you were an employee and you earned the minimum amount during a base period? Of course, they would! So don’t mess around with the data. Make sure that you give only accurate data that is verifiable and can be cross-referenced easily with other parties.

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Remember, these benefits would only be made available to residents coming from Kentucky itself. If you’re working in Kentucky but you’re originally from another state, you might want to check with the bureau whether that’s okay.

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