Filing an Unemployment Claim - Kentucky

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You must be totally or partially unemployed through no fault of your own, and you must have earned sufficient wages in your base period (the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters before the start date of your claim). Also, you must be able and available for full-time work.

You can apply online, in person at your local Kentucky Career Center, or over the phone at 1-502-875-0442.

Your weekly benefit amount will be 1.1923% of your total base period wages, except it cannot be less than $39.00 nor more than the maximum that is set by law each year, currently at $552 per week.

The maximum amount of benefits payable to you within any benefit year will be the amount equal to whichever is the lesser of 26 times your weekly benefit rate, or 1/3 of your base period wages, except that your maximum amount cannot be less than fifteen 15 times your weekly benefit rate.

You must continue to file weekly either online or via telephone. Also, you must continue to be able and available for full-time work. You must actively seek employment, while keeping a record of your work search activities (a form to help you do so can be found in the Claimant Handbook). You must make one job contact per week. You must register for work with the Office of Employment and Training. Finally, you must accept suitable work.

You must appeal within a specified amount of time. Your appeal must be in writing and may be submitted by mail or in person. Also, you should keep filing your weekly claims regularly because you could only be paid for weeks you filed if you win your appeal.

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Madeline Messa

Madeline Messa is a 3L at Syracuse University College of Law. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. With her legal research and writing for Workplace Fairness, she strives to equip people with the information they need to be their own best advocate.