State accepting claims for extended unemployment benefits

The state is now accepting claims for the latest extension of unemployment benefits. The extension, signed into law by President Barack Obama on Nov. 6, provides as much as 14 additional weeks of unemployment benefits to workers who have used up all their benefits.

Eligible claimants can file online at

The state said in a news release that the nearly 10,000 Kentuckians who have used all 79 weeks of unemployment benefits may be eligible for payments retroactive to Nov. 8. A link will be available in the online application by the end of this week to allow requests for retroactive payments.

The state said people drawing benefits that will end on or before Dec. 26 will automatically be enrolled for the extended benefits.