In a time of Covid-19, on-line appointments are essential and that applies to Kentucky Unemployment Insurance
Many will be happy to hear that you'll be able to resolve many of those Unemployment Insurance issues in-person at the local office in Paducah beginning next week. The office will open 'by appointment only' April 15. Unfortunately, the slots that were available April 15 through April 30 have already been filled.
The Kentucky Career Center in Paducah and across the state of Kentucky will open its doors to help resolve problems with the highly sought after benefits. Career centers have been closed to in-person help since Governor Matt Bevin shut them down in 2017.
Appointments must still be made on-line which may be a hardship for those without internet access. After securing an appointment, masks must be worn and there will be a temperature check before entering the building. You'll need to have your photo ID handy as well. If you don't have an appointment, you won't be allowed to enter the facility.
Opening the doors of a physical office is a sign of progress. As the COVID vaccine is made available to all adults, the ability to speak to a person about your benefits is another step closer to seeing light at the end of the tunnel.
Many have been waiting to hear about their claims since last year. It will be nice to have somewhere to go instead of having unanswered phone calls from the unemployment hotline.
If you didn't get an appointment this time around, keep checking with the office at kcc.ky.gov. If you're not in Paducah, you'll be able to find an unemployment office near you on this website. Just enter in the city and the information will be made available.