If You Are Unemployed

Unemployment Insurance


For more information about & to file for Unemployment Insurance, click here

The Unemployment Insurance Process. Day 1, You complete the initial application online at kkc.ky.gov or by phone at: 502-875-0442 Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:30pm ET. Day 2, The Office of Unemployment Insurance will determine if you have a valid claim. Day 3-12, You will receive a letter that states the amount of your payment. Day 13, Request your first benefit payment at kcc.ky.gov. Day 15, If there are no disqualifying factors, we will generate the payment by either direct deposit or a debit card within 2 to 5 days.
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

Website: 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.​

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

Are You Eligible?

If you are laid off due to the Coronavirus outbreak, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance.​

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

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

Unemployment Insurance Services