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FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 13, 2024) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced today that the state will accept applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) from individuals in 11 counties who are out of work as a result of the severe storms that occurred on April 2, 2024.

Following Gov. Beshear's disaster relief request, President Joe Biden issued a Major Declaration on May 22, 2024, designating the following counties for individual assistance: Boyd, Carter, Fayette, Greenup, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Mason, Oldham, Union and Whitley.

Individuals – including unemployed self-employed individuals who were living or working in the affected areas and became unemployed or had work interrupted as a direct result of severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, landslides and mudslides on April 2, 2024 – are eligible to apply for DUA benefits through the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance.

DUA is available to individuals who:

  • Worked or were self-employed, or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment;
  • Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of a disaster, which can also include the physical inaccessibility of the place of employment due to its closure by the federal, state or local government in immediate response to the disaster;
  • Establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income;
  • Do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits from any state;
  • Cannot work or resume self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster; or
  • As a result of the disaster, became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of the household.

In order to qualify for DUA benefits, claimants in eligible counties must show that their employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a direct result of the disaster and that they are not otherwise eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits under state or federal law. Farmers and other self-employed individuals who traditionally are ineligible for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits may qualify for DUA.

To receive DUA benefits, the federal program requires individuals to provide documents, including a copy of their most recent federal or state income tax forms or check stubs, a bill showing their physical address at the time of the disaster and a photo ID. All required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the date the DUA application is filed.

DUA is available for weeks of unemployment beginning April 7, 2024, until Nov. 23, 2024, as long as the individual's unemployment continues to be a direct result of the disaster.

File Claim
Affected individuals should visit the Kentucky Career Center website at kcc.ky.gov or call 502-875-0442 to file their initial claim. The deadline to apply for assistance is Aug. 12, 2024.

Updated information will be communicated on the Kentucky Career Center website and future press releases with detailed information. DUA is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and benefits are not charged to employers.

In response to the storms, the Governor also urged local officials to start the federal Individual Assistance and Public Assistance damage assessments, and asked Kentuckians who experienced storm damage to take photographs before cleaning up and to report the damages to their local emergency management officials.

At the time, Gov. Beshear also activated the State Emergency Operations Center; closed all Executive Branch state office buildings and activated the state's price gouging laws to protect Kentuckians from overpriced goods and services as they clean up and recover from the storms.

On April 3, the Governor visited Prospect in Jefferson and Oldham counties and Fayette and Jessamine counties to see storm-impacted areas and to meet with local officials and families. Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman visited Ashland and Boyd counties.

Throughout the response, the Governor provided several updates to keep Kentuckians informed about the state's response. Click here for news release updates from April 2, April 3, April 4 and April 11.



​All Kentucky Career Center offices will be closed on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in observance of Juneteenth. Unemployment insurance claimants may experience a delay in payments due to banks being closed. ​​​

​All Kentucky Career Center offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024, in observance of Memorial Day. Unemployment insurance claimants may experience a delay in payments due to banks being closed.​

Senate Bill 140, passed in the 2024 Legislative Session, codifies into Kentucky law the existing practice of waiving recovery of eligible overpayments by the Office of Unemployment Insurance. Additionally, SB 140 extends the timeframe for applicable claims that were filed between January 1, 2020 to September 6, 2021. The previous end date of eligible claims was December 31, 2020.

Federal guidance provided updated instructions for circumstances for which a state may waive recovery of overpayments under the CARES Act Unemployment Compensation (UC) programs. These programs include:

  • ​Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  • Lost Wages Assistance (LWA),
  • Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC)

The federal guidance elaborated on the criteria for waiving recovery of overpayments at no fault of the claimant on a case-by-case basis. The federal guidance also expanded the scenarios for permissible use of “blanket waivers,” although recovery activities for fraudulent overpayments may not be waived. This guidance is derived from Unemployment Insurance Program Letter (UIPL) No. 20-21, Change 1. 

Please check back soon for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). ​


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Kentucky's Self-Service 

​The UI computer system will be offline for system maintenance beginning at 6 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 2, 2024. Availability will be restored by 7 a.m. EDT on Friday, May 3, 2024.

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​Due to system upgrades, payments requested on 4-11-24 through 4-15-24 will be delayed. Please allow one to two additional business days to receive your payment.​

​Due to technical issues, the system will be down from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2024. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause our customers.

 


The Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance has created a new, informative FAQ Guide to assist UI claimants. Find it here on the KCC website​.



​The Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance Call Center will be available between 9 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. EDT ​on Friday, March 29, 2024, in observance of Good Friday. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, April 1, 2024.

Some Kentucky Career Center offices may be closed on Good Friday or have limited hours of operation. Please contact your local career center office for holiday business hours. ​


​UI Strike Information: FAQ for the Claimant
I am currently unemployed or have a reduction in hours due to the circumstances of a Labor Strike. 

How do I file a claim?
To file online visit the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance Website: https://kcc.ky.gov

To file by phone call(502)875-0442 (M-F 7:30 am to 5:30 pm EST)

What are my rights and responsibilities?
Reference: https://kcc.ky.gov/career/Documents/PAM400.pdf

Am I eligible for unemployment insurance benefits?
If you are unemployed through no fault of your own, you MAY be eligible for unemployment benefits. 

Reference: https://kcc.ky.gov/career/Documents/PAM400.pdf

Reference: KRS 341.350 statute.aspx (ky.gov)

What is a Strike/Lockout? 
A strike is a situation in which employees agree to an organized stoppage of work until the employer and the union reach an agreement about working conditions, wages and benefits.

A lockout is a  situation in which the employer prevents employees from entering the workplace until the employees/union accept a new proposal regarding working conditions.

A labor union is a group of employees who join together to advance common interest such as wages, benefits, schedules and other employment terms and conditions.  Members often pay dues to the union and elect officers to represent the group during contract negotiations.

*General knowledge terms

Reference: KRS 341.360 (1) statute.aspx (ky.gov)

Am I required to look for work?
To be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits, you must actively seek full-time work. Claimants must report at least five (5) work search activities each week. At least three (3) of these must be job applications or interviews. If you do not meet the work search requirements, you will lose benefits for the week(s) being claimed.

Only claimants with a Work Search Exception are exempt from seeking work. You are not required to conduct a job search if:

  • You are a member of a trade union that finds work for you.
  • You are a student in an approved training program (and have received a determination).
  • You have a definite recall date within 16 weeks of your initial claim filing date. Note that you will be required to provide documentation from your employer with your return-to-work date.  If you do not provide documentation, you will be subject to work search requirements.
  • You are on temporary leave of absence while still considered an employee.
  • Your employer filed a mass electronic claim (E-Claim) or Work Share Claim on your behalf.

Reference: https://kcc.ky.gov/career/Documents/PAM400.pdf

Reference: KRS 341.350 statute.aspx (ky.gov)

How do I request a payment?
It is recommended that you request benefits online instead of by phone.

You must report all earnings, wages and income to the Office of Unemployment Insurance.

Reference: Instructions on Requesting Benefits

For additional assistance:
Call (502) 564-2900
Or visit: https://kcc.ky.gov




​All Kentucky Career Center offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Unemployment insurance claimants may experience a delay in payments due to banks being closed.​

​Unemployment Insurance Claimants: 1099-G documents will soon be available in the claimant portal and mailed via the U.S. Posta​l Service by Jan. 31, 2024. Please watch this short video to learn more about your 1099-G form and how to a​​ccess.

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Read the 1099-G Frequently Asked Questions​​ document for additional information.​

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