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Kentucky Unemployment Application Information

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Where to Sign Up For Unemployment in Kentucky

 

Unemployed residents of Kentucky may find themselves wondering “how can I sign up for unemployment?” Those seeking unemployment benefits will be pleased to know that there are multiple options on where to sign up for unemployment. Applicants can now choose to file an online application for unemployment, or they can take the more traditional route of applying over the phone.

If you would like to learn more about how to apply for unemployment benefits in Kentucky, review the following sections:

•    The best time to apply for unemployment benefits in Kentucky
•    What documents are required to file for unemployment in Kentucky
•    Deciding where to register for unemployment benefits
•    How to apply for unemployment online or over the phone

The best time to apply for unemployment benefits in Kentucky


Many unemployed residents of Kentucky choose to wait to file for unemployment until they have all of their documents collected. This choice however can delay them for weeks in which they could have been receiving benefits. Pink slips and severance package are not necessary when you begin to apply for unemployment benefits. In fact, the state of Kentucky does not provide benefits to cover any time prior to the initial claim, so it is important to file an unemployment claim as soon as you are terminated from your current employment. The necessary documents can always be submitted at a later date and will not affect the amount of time in which you receive benefits. In order to file for unemployment as quickly as possible, it is recommended that you file an online application for unemployment.  Online applications can be filed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, making it the fastest option for submitting a claim. However, if you are unable to file an online application for unemployment you may always choose to file one over the phone. 

 

What documents are required to file for unemployment in Kentucky


As stated previously, it is not necessary to have all of your documents together in order to file for an unemployment claim, and you should not wait until you gather every document to begin the process. However, there are necessary files that must be submitted in order to complete the application process. While failing to submit these documents with the initial application will not shorten the length of time that you receive your unemployment benefits, but it may delay the time you begin receiving your benefits, so it is important to turn in all necessary document as soon as possible.

The following documents can be submitted by mail or when you file an online application for unemployment:

•    Your Social Security number
•    Your alien registration number and work permit type, in addition to any other documentation that authorizes your employment in the United States if you are not a U.S Citizen
•    The name, mailing address and phone number of your last employer and the location where you reportedly worked.
•    The full dates of your last employment including the first and last day you worked.
•    The earnings made during your last week of employment
•    Any other deductible income received during your last week of employment, including vacation, severance or bonus pay.
•    If you are a former federal or government employee, you must mail or fax copies of form SF* and SF%) and any Leave and Earnings Statement (LES).
•    If you are an ex-military personnel, you are required to mail in a copy of the DD214 member 4 file.

 

Deciding where to register for unemployment benefits


Due to the time sensitivity of your application, it is recommended that you choose whatever application process is quickest and most convenient for you. In a most cases, applicants find that it is faster and easier to file an online application for unemployment. This process also allows you to continue to submit your weekly claims through the same online portal. 

If you are unable to submit a claim online, you may also file a claim over the phone as soon as possible. 

 

How to apply for unemployment online or over the phone

 

If you choose to file an online application for unemployment in the state of Kentucky, you may do so 24 hours a day seven days a week through the online Unemployment Insurance claim system. While you may access the portal at any time, claims will only be submitted Monday through Friday, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. The internet claims system may be down periodically for maintenance, at which time, notice will be given. If you are choosing to place your claim over the phone, you may do so by contacting your local Kentucky Career center or by dialing the Voice Response Unit.