Kentucky Reinstating Job Search Requirement for Unemployment Benefits

As of Sunday, May 9th, to receive unemployment benefits in Kentucky, you must again provide proof that you are actively searching for a job.

Posted: May 10, 2021 12:11 PM
Updated: May 10, 2021 12:22 PM

Kentucky is encouraging those out of work to rejoin the workforce by reinstating a requirement that existed before the pandemic.

As of Sunday, May 9th, to receive unemployment benefits in Kentucky, you must again provide proof that you are actively searching for a job.

Amy Cubbage, general counsel with the Kentucky Unemployment Office said, “You will be required to seek suitable, full-time employment and report at least one attempt each week.”

The requirement was waived at the beginning of the pandemic to make filing for unemployment easier. However, officials are now saying there are plenty of jobs to be had.

"You are allowed a reasonable period of time to find work that is comparable in pay and skill level to your most recent employment,” said Cubbage.

Claimants are encouraged to document the details of their search. These details will be required at the bi-weekly benefit request.

"It's recommended you keep a record of all your job contacts, including the name of the business, the title of the position, the name or title of the person you contacted, the date, and the method of contact,” said Cubbage.

Some Kentuckians are exempt from the reinstated requirement, however.

Cubbage says these rules do not apply to you if, "you are a member of a union that finds work for you, if you are a student in a training program if you are just laid off with a definite recall date within 12 weeks of your initial claim date, if you've got a temporary leave of absence, or if you have been part of a mass electronically filed claim.”

Appointments are now available at Kentucky Career Centers across the state for Kentuckians needing assistance with their unemployment benefits or their job search.

The Kentucky Chamber also put out another resource for Kentuckians looking for work with their ‘Who’s Hiring’ list. This list highlights thousands of open positions in Kentucky. You can find the latest 'Who's Hiring' list at

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