Kentucky Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Program DescriptionUnemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet Kentucky's eligibility requirements.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have worked in Kentucky during the past 12 to 18 months, and have earned at least a minimum amount of wages as determined by our guidelines. You must also be able to work and available for work each week that you are collecting benefits.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.
Application ProcessFor more information, see the Program Contact Information below.
Program Contact Information
In order to establish your unemployment insurance claim, please visit Kentucky's Electronic Workplace for Employment Services (KEWES) website: https://uiclaims.des.ky.gov/ebenefit/
The KEWES Internet claims system is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for claims filing. To request your bi-weekly benefit check on-line, the system is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
For more information, please visit the Kentucky Department for Employment Services website at: http://www.oet.ky.gov/