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Unemployment Insurance: Kentucky

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Nancy Hatch Woodward, Nancy Hatch Woodward Communications


  • Most employers in Kentucky are subject to Kentucky's Unemployment Compensation Law. See Employer Coverage.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Employee Eligibility.
  • Under certain circumstances, workers may not qualify for unemployment benefits. See Disqualification From Benefits.
  • How long unemployment benefits in Kentucky last generally depends on the applicable state average unemployment rate. See Benefits.
  • Employers have the opportunity to provide information concerning a claimant's separation from employment that will be used to determine their eligibility for benefits. See Filing Claims.
  • Kentucky employers must comply with certain posting and recordkeeping requirements. See Notice and Posting Requirements; Recordkeeping Requirements.
  • Kentucky offers Work Share Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have been laid off. See Kentucky Work Share Program.