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Job search now required for unemployment benefits in Kentucky

The state says Alabama experienced job growth of 2.2 percent during 2018, the largest-ever...
The state says Alabama experienced job growth of 2.2 percent during 2018, the largest-ever increase over a year.((Source: Gray Television Group))
Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 12:39 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Kentucky is once again requiring those who are unemployed to search for jobs at least once a week to receive benefits.

As of May 9, unemployed Kentuckians will need to provide details of their job search when they make their bi-weekly benefit request.

Amy Cubbage, Gov. Andy Beshear’s General Counsel, said unemployed Kentuckians will be given a reasonable amount of time to find work similar to what they had in the past.

“If you’re not able to find comparable work after a reasonable period of time, or if it’s not available in your area, you can adjust that work search, and you may have to look for a job that may pay less or is located further away from your home,” Cubbage said.

People are not required to look for a job if:

  • You are a member of a trade union that finds work for you
  • You are a student in an approved training program
  • You have a definite recall date within 12 weeks of your initial claim filing date
  • On a temporary leave of absence while still considered an employee
  • Your employer filed a mass electronic claim (E-Claim) on your behalf

Ohio will reinstate its work search requirement in a couple of weeks.

Indiana will soon join Kentucky in reinstating the work search requirement.

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