Unemployment Insurance

The primary mission of the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training (OET) is to help individuals prepare for, secure and maintain employment; to assist you in locating qualified workers for your job openings; and to provide income maintenance to ease the financial burden of workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own.

Unemployment Insurance (UI) provides short-term financial support to people when they are unemployed through no fault of their own. You, the employer, pay for this support through unemployment taxes on your payroll. What do you get in return? Directly, UI can help you keep valuable trained workers in your area until you are able to rehire them. But the indirect returns are even more important. Every dollar you pay in state unemployment tax is used to pay benefits, and those benefit dollars are spent to purchase goods and services. Your taxes are recycled back into your local economy, which helps families and businesses alike overcome the effect of hard times.

To accomplish its goals, OET offers a broad range of services. These services are available at the central office in Frankfort or the 28 field offices located across the state. In addition, full or part-time branch offices are located in most other counties.

The Kentucky Career Center website has further information.



Please send any questions or comments about Unemployment Insurance to A.J. Jones at


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