Are you prepared?
Before you dive in to the job listings, however, ask yourself if you’re prepared. If your last job was doing something that is less in-demand than it once was, maybe you should explore another line of work. Perhaps you have interests and skills that go beyond what your last job required. Maybe you need more education or more training to land that dream job. Maybe you’ve been out of the job market for a while and need some guidance on where to turn.
The Kentucky Career Center can help. We offer a long list of services aimed at moving your career to the next level.
What does Focus Career offer?
If you are unemployed or looking for a new career opportunity Focus Career provides both a professional resume builder and a path to job registration.
Features allow you to:
Set up to five job alerts to search for specific types of positions. These alerts are delivered to your inbox daily or weekly. Focus Career uses artificial intelligence to match your skills to jobs and rank them with one to five stars, showing how well you qualify for a position.
Need help with Focus Career?
If you need immediate assistance, contact: KentuckyCareerCenterSupport@ky.gov or call 502-564-0871, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., EST.
You can apply by calling 502-875-0442 Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., ESTWebsite: Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., EST Sunday from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. EST
You may also call toll-free 800-648-6057 for telecommunications relay service.
Watch our video to learn how to apply for benefits.
Watch a video from U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis on receiving employment benefits.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be aware of fake unemployment filing websites designed to steal your personal information or charge you a fee.
sure you are on a “.gov” site when filing an unemployment insurance claim.
• KCC services are free.
• KCC will never charge a fee.
• KCC will never ask for your SSN in an email.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
You may choose to have 10 percent of your benefits withheld for federal taxes and/or 4 percent for Kentucky state taxes. (Just remember, you can only change this withholding once throughout the life of the claim.)
If you have specific questions about the unemployment insurance appeals process, please contact your local career center or 502-564-3925.
We’ve also produced two videos to help explain the appeals process. Watch our video on how to file an appeal. Watch a separate video showing what to expect in an appeals hearing.
The local career center offices operate the rapid response team. This team is trained to react quickly to announcements concerning permanent facility closures or substantial layoff situations throughout the state. Rapid response works closely with the local workforce investment boards and the local elected officials in adversely affected areas to insure that dislocated workers receive program information and services – including applying for unemployment insurance and looking for a new job. Rapid response services are offered at no cost to the business or the participating employees.
The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, requires employers to provide written notice at least 60 calendar days in advance of covered plant closings and mass layoffs. This assures that assistance can be provided to affected workers, their families and the appropriate communities. Click here for more information about WARN.
For more information contact your local career center office.
Other useful links:
Rights and Responsibilities
Rights and Responsibilities - Spanish.pdf
Weekly Unemployment Insurance Benefits Calculator
How to claim benefits by phone
Unemployment Insurance Digest
Unemployment Insurance Compensation Law
Unemployment Insurance Legislative Regulations
Kentucky Office of Employment and Training 275 East Main St., 2WB Frankfort, KY 40601 502-564-5331 phone 502-564-7452 fax Kentucky Relay Service (for hearing-impaired) 800-648-6057 phone www.kcdhh.ky.gov/oea/whatrelay.html