Unemployment Services goes in-person April15th

In-person unemployment services will be available beginning April 15 at locations across Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear and Labor Cabinet Secretary Larry L. Roberts announced Tuesday in-person unemployment insurance (UI) services will open April 15 at more than a dozen regional Kentucky Career Centers (KCCs).

KCC staff will be available for in-person assistance by appointment only. At 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, Kentuckians can begin scheduling Monday through Friday appointments at kcc.ky.gov.

Openings tomorrow will be for appointments April 15-30. Beginning April 19, appointments for May 3 will become available, with additional appointment times opening each day thereafter.

“When you combine years of painful staffing cuts, an out-of-date system designed to tell people no and the effects of a once-in-100-years pandemic – many Kentuckians have been unable to obtain benefits,” Gov. Beshear said. “In addition to taking many new actions to help Kentuckians in need, we are now making good on our promise to begin putting unemployment specialists back into the local career centers.”

Labor Secretary Roberts said the Kentucky Career Center staff is working diligently to prepare for opening day.

“It has taken a lot of work to make it happen in a short window of time, but our staff has worked hard in recent weeks to pull everything together to get us in a position to once again provide services that unemployment claimants need at this critical time,” Roberts said.

Under the previous administration, KCC locations around the state stopped providing in-person assistance to UI claimants in the fall of 2017.

The record level of unemployment spurred by the pandemic and years of painful staffing cuts, location reductions and failure to upgrade IT systems slowed the state’s ability to help many Kentuckians who lost jobs through no fault of their own.

The Governor’s proposed budget included General Fund spending of $1.1 million in fiscal year 2021 and $8.4 million in fiscal year 2022 to provide funding to restore employees to help with unemployment claims at the career centers throughout the commonwealth.

On March 31, Gov. Beshear spoke about the need for additional state funding to bolster career center staffing for the long term. The Labor Cabinet will be utilizing current staff in the career centers that normally provide career counseling services to begin offering in-person UI assistance.

Kentucky Career Center Regional Locations

The cabinet will also be opening a new, temporary facility in Lexington, which will also provide UI assistance.

1844 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41042

Bowling Green
803 Chestnut St., Bowling Green, KY 42101

1324 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 41011

233 Ring Road, Suite 100, Elizabethtown, KY 42701

412 Roy Campbell Dr., Hazard, KY 41701

110 Riverfront Dr., Hopkinsville, KY 42240

2624 Research Park Dr., Lexington, KY 40511

600 W. Cedar St., Louisville, KY 40202

1225 U.S. Hwy. 60 West, Suite 160, Morehead, KY 40351

3108 Fairview Drive, Owensboro, KY 42303

416 South 6th St., Paducah, KY 42001

686 North Lake Drive, Prestonsburg, KY 41339

410 East Mt. Vernon St., Somerset, KY 42501