Unemployment Office

The unemployment insurance (UI) program is organized by the Office of Employment and Training (OET) in Kentucky, and all UI claims are filed under the unemployment insurance claims system. For your convenience, the organization offers its services in both English and Spanish.



To obtain UI benefits in the state of Kentucky, you must first be unemployed due to no fault of your own. You must be ready to work, physically able to work, and willing to take on any suitable job offer. At the time of your application, you must be actively seeking employment and prove this by registering with the OET. As part of the work search requirement, you must stay in contact with the OET and contact at least three employers during the weeks that you wish to receive UI benefits. Moreover, you must attend an interview to review your eligibility and work search records; this interview must be completed at a local job center that has been approved by the OET. In the case that you are partially employed, you may still be eligible for UI benefits; however, you must be earning less than your weekly benefit amount and working part-time hours or less. Finally, your employer will be asked to fill out a questionnaire after you have sent your initial claim for UI benefits. Therefore, you must be honest, accurate, and detailed in your application, as your employer will need to confirm the information that you have provided to the OET.

Monetary Eligibility Requirement

Your monetary eligibility will be determined by evaluating your earnings from the last 12 months before the date of your application. This period is known as your “base period,” and it is made up of the first four quarters out of the last five completed quarters of the calendar year. In specific, you must have earned at least $750 in one quarter, and your wages from the last two quarters must be equal to eight times your weekly benefit amount. In addition, the quarter in which you earned the most wages is known as your “high quarter.” Without considering your high quarter, your wages from your base period must be equal to or greater than $750. At the same time, your wages from all four quarters must be 1.5 times your high quarter. In order to determine your weekly benefit amount, you must multiply your total wages of your base period by 1.1923 percent. In most cases, your maximum benefit amount will be one-third your total wages of your base period or 26 times your weekly benefit amount. Nonetheless, you will not receive more than $415 per week or less than $39 per week in UI benefits according to the state law in Kentucky.

How to File a Claim

The OET recommends that you file your UI claim as soon as you become completely or partially unemployed. You can file your claim online or by telephone at 1-502-875-0442. In order to successfully complete the application process, you will need to have your Social Security Number (SSN), current address, phone number, and an additional piece of identification to prove your date of birth. You will also need to have the details of your employment history from the last 18 months, which includes the exact dates of employment and the contact details of your previous employers.

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Office of Employment and Training 275 East Main Street 2nd Floor Frankfort, KY 40601 (502) 564-7456 View Website Unemployement Claim File