FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – The tens of thousands of Kentuckians who are self-employed or work as independent contractors, including child-care workers from churches, can now receive unemployment benefits.
Gov. Andy Beshear made the announcement on Wednesday during his daily press conference.
The unemployment insurance includes cosmetologists, barbers, hair stylists, personal trainers and others who are not technically employees of any business, and thus don’t contribute to or receive benefits from the joint state-federal unemployment insurance system.
Also eligible are jobs like child-care workers from churches, substitute teachers, gig economy workers and “anyone who has had to leave their job because of quarantine or unpaid leave,” Beshear said. “This means that so many of you out there who were worried are now able to file, and we want you to.”
People who have already filed do not need to re-apply, he said.
Beshear said he hopes to have more details on Thursday on what the federal stimulus program means to Kentucky.
“It looks like there will be more dollars in unemployment for individuals and the period of time to collect will be longer.”
Nearly 50,000 Kentuckians were among the record 3 million Americans who filed for unemployment last week. The number of Kentuckians who filed last week went from 2, 785 to 48,847, according to the labor department’s non-seasonally adjusted figures.
The government is asking new applicants to follow a schedule released by the administration last week.
The updated schedule directs people to only apply for unemployment benefits on certain days next week, based on the first initial of a their last name: Sunday, A-D; Monday, E-H; Tuesday, I-L; Wednesday, M-P; Thursday, Q-U; Friday, V-Z.
People who are just now eligible and already missed their day should file Thursday by calling 502-875-0442 or visiting the Kentucky Career’s Center unemployment benefits page at https://kcc.ky.gov/career.
People with questions about their claim can also call their local office.