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Unemployment Insurance

Since 1979, county governments and their subdivisions have been required to provide unemployment insurance coverage for their non-elected employees. At that time the only options for coverage were to self-insure or to participate in the state's program.

The KACo Unemployment Insurance Fund was created in that same year to help local governments comply with the mandate for coverage at the lowest possible cost. Since this fund is responsible only for claims filed against members of the fund, premiums can be tailored to fit the needs of each participating entity. Cost containment services not available through the state's Contributory Employee Plan are provided by the KACo Unemployment Insurance Fund to assist the counties in efforts to hold down costs.

KACo Contact

Andrea Morse
Insurance Agency Manager


Wage report: log in to the Unemployment Insurance Wage Reporting system here

Unemployment News

April 22, 2024
2023 annual employment data for Kentucky counties released
Annual unemployment rates increased in 80 Kentucky counties in 2023, decreased in 22 and stayed the same in 18 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet.
September 21, 2023
County Unemployment Rates: August 2023
In August 2023, Kentucky county unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.3% in Woodford County to a high of 9.8% in Magoffin County (not seasonally adjusted).
August 03, 2023
County Unemployment Rates: June 2023
In June 2023, Kentucky county unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.5% in Woodford, Spencer and Carroll counties to a high of 9.7% in Magoffin County, 9.4% in Elliott and 9.1% in Martin (not seasonally adjusted).
July 07, 2023
County Unemployment Rates: May 2023
In May 2023, Kentucky county unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.8 in Carroll County and 3.0 in Spencer and Woodford to a high of 8.9 in Magoffin County and 7.9 in Elliott and Martin (not seasonally adjusted).