If You Are Unemployed

Unemployment Insurance


For more information about Unemployment Insurance and to file a claim, click here

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Are You Eligible?


Please read over your Rights and Responsibilities while receiving unemployment insurance benefits here.​

To be eligible for benefits you must:

  • (1) Be unemployed or working less than full-time
  • (2) Have earned enough money to establish a valid claim
  • (3) Be unemployed through no fault of your own
  • (4) Be able to work, available for work, and looking for work

​Website Hours: 
    Monday-Friday - 7 AM - 7 PM ET
    ​Sunday - 10 AM - 9 PM ET

You can apply by calling 502-875-0442

    Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., EST

You may also call toll-free 800-648-6057 for telecommunications relay service.​

​IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be aware of fake unemployment filing websites designed to steal your personal information or charge you a fee.

  • ​Make sure you are on a “.ky.gov” website when filing a Kentucky unemployment insurance claim.
  • KCC services are free.
  • KCC will never charge a fee.
  • Only trust unemployment insurance-related emails that are sent from an @ky.gov address. Example: Firstname.Lastname@ky.gov

To File Your Unemployment Insurance Claim You Will Need The Following

Personal Information

  • Social Security OR Alien Registration Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Complete Mailing Address
  • Phone Number

Employer Information (For the last 18 months):

  • Business/Company Name
  • Business/Company Mailing Address
  • Business/Company Phone Number
  • Dates of Employment
  • The reason you are no longer working for EACH employer

Other Information You May Need

  • ​If you worked in other states: List of states in which you worked.
  • If you worked for a Temporary Agency: Name/Address of Temporary Agency.
  • If you worked for the Federal Government: Agency Name; Component name; Copy of your Standard Form (SF8, SF50).
  • If you were in the US Military: Copy of your DD214 Member 4.
  • If you worked through a skilled trade union: Name of contractor

ID.me Verification

​To deter fraud, the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance now utilizes ID.me, a third-party vendor, to verify the identity of every Unemployment Insurance claimant. Before accessing the UI system to file a claim, every claimant must pass ID.me verifiation. Learn more about the ID.me verification process and get access to a number of helpful video tutorials by clicking here. ​

Click on the link below to access the Weekly Unemployment Insurance Benefits Calculator

Unemployment Insurance Services