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Applying for Unemployment

We are an online resource to help answer your questions, check eligibility and assist in applying for Unemployment. You will also be advised if you qualify for additional benefit programs and receive our benefit guide.

Kansas Unemployment

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program was created to help individuals financially while they find a job.

In order to be eligible to receive UI benefits, individuals must comply with several requirements.

Individuals must be:

  • Able and available to work.
  • Actively seeking employment.
  • Unemployed due to no fault of your own.

What happens if I’m fired, laid off or if I quit?

You must report if you are fired, quit your job or refuse work to the Kansas Department of Labor, so a determination of eligibility for UI benefits can be made.

When you file a claim, your employer will be mailed a “Notice of Filing” to verify the reason you have stated as to why you are no longer working. The Department will have the final say regarding your eligibility for benefits.

There is no penalty or reduction in Unemployment Insurance benefits if you are laid off.

If you are a student, please check: https://www.getkansasbenefits.gov/.


You need to provide proper documentation and information.

This includes:

  • Social Security number
  • Name
  • Home mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • The county in which you live
  • Driver’s license number or ID card
  • Employment authorization number and expiration date (if a non-citizen)
  • DD-214, Member 4 form (if you were active duty military within the past 18 months)
  • Form SF-50, W-2 and check stubs (if you were a federal employee within the past 18 months)

You will also need to provide information regarding your job(s):

  • Company name for all your employers from the past 18 months as it appears on your paycheck stub or W-2 form
  • Complete mailing address for those employers
  • Start and end dates with each employer you worked for in the past 18 months
  • Total wages earned with each employer and how you were paid (hourly, weekly or monthly)
  • Reason for leaving each of those employers (quit, fired, laid off or leave of absence)

Filing a Claim

You can apply for UI benefits online or over the phone.

You can apply online if:

  • You are filing a new application for unemployment

  • You need to open your claim again and you have worked since the last time you filed

To apply online, visit: https://www.getkansasbenefits.gov/.

To apply over the phone, call the Kansas Unemployment Contact Center.

You must file your UI by phone if:

  • You worked in any other state than Kansas in the past 18 months.

  • You filed an unemployment claim with another state in the past 12 months.

  • You were in the military service or were federal employee in the past 18 months.

To call the Unemployment Contact Center:

  • Kansas City: 913-596-3500
  • Topeka: 785-575-1460
  • Wichita: 316-383-9947
  • Toll-free: 800-292-6333

You should continue to file weekly claims every Sunday or Monday (until 7 p.m.) to remain eligible and keep receiving UI benefits.


If you have any questions, call the Unemployment Contact Center at800-292-6333.