Kansas Unemployment Insurance Benefits Guide

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Looking for tips to access the Kansas Unemployment Insurance Benefits? 

In this article, we will make Unemployment Insurance Benefits easy to understand with Kansas Unemployment phone numbers and other contact information.

We understand.

The experience of unemployment is often fraught with anxiety and feelings of worthlessness. Not being able to provide for oneself and one’s family can be very difficult, and the stress of the situation can be overwhelming. 

Those who are unemployed may feel like they are a burden to their loved ones, and they may feel like they are not good enough or valuable enough. It is important to remember that you are not alone in this experience, and there are people who care about you and want to help. 

You are valuable, even if you are not working at the moment. There are many resources available to you, so please do not hesitate to reach out for help.

Why did we create the Kansas Unemployment Insurance Benefits Guide?

Government websites can be difficult to navigate for a lot of people. They may be confusing or hard to use, and they may not have all the information people need. This can be frustrating and overwhelming, especially for people who are already struggling. 

Having said that, please use our guide as support but NOT the official guide. You will NEED to contact the official unemployment government staff and fight for your own benefits. You can do this.

Who’s in charge of Kansas Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

Kansas Department of Labor is in charge of administering the state’s unemployment insurance program. 

Below is what its official website looks like.

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How To Qualify for Kansas Unemployment Benefits

Individual eligibility for UI payments will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Kansas Department of Labor. To be eligible for unemployment benefits in Kansas, jobless workers must often fulfill the following criteria:

  • According to Kansas law, the claimant must have earned a certain amount of money before leaving his or her job.
  • According to Kansas law, the claimant must be unemployed due to no fault of his or her own.
  • The claimant must be able to work and willing to do so.

Keep in mind that you must be actively looking for work throughout the period you are receiving assistance.

How Much Unemployment Benefits Will I Get in Kansas? 

  • Base Period: First 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
  • Alt Base Period: Last 4 completed quarters
  • Duration of Benefits: 10-26 weeks
  • Weekly Payment: Min $125 to Max $503
  • Maximum Benefits Amount (1 year): $7,808

How Do I Apply for Kansas Unemployment Benefits?

When feasible, the state of Kansas encourages all jobless Kansans to file their initial claims online. When you first file for unemployment benefits, you’ll create a username and password that you may use to check the progress of your claim and submit your weekly certifications for state unemployment payments.

While a phone option is also available, wait times are frequently long. If you contact to talk with a customer care agent, be prepared to wait on hold.

Customer support professionals are accessible Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the following phone numbers:

  • Kansas City: 913-596-3500
  • Topeka: 785-575-1460
  • Wichita: 316-383-9947
  • Toll-Free: 800-292-6333

Speech and/or hearing disabled Kansans can access the Kansas Relay Center by calling 800-766-3777.

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How do I Manage My Kansas Unemployment Benefits

You must file a weekly benefit certification for each week you receive unemployment compensation. You will answer a series of questions regarding your job-search activities, any money or wages you earned, and if you were offered appropriate work during that week using the account you created when you made your original claim.

How Do I Appeal a Kansas Unemployment Decision?

If you disagree with the decision made concerning your original claim, you have 16 days from the day your determination letter was mailed to file an appeal with the Kansas Department of Labor.

Your employer can also file an appeal. On the reverse of the official determination notice you receive, you will find all of the information you need to lodge an appeal request.

Typically, your appeal request should be in writing and contain your name, the claimant’s Social Security number’s last four digits, a current address, your phone number, and the exact judgment being appealed. You may submit your appeal request using any of the following methods:

  • Email: KDOL.Appeals@ks.gov
  • Mail: 401 SW Topeka Blvd, 2nd Floor
  • Topeka, KS 66603-3182
  • Fax: 785-296-4065

How Do I Report a Kansas Unemployment Fraud?

Anyone found guilty of unemployment insurance fraud will be barred from collecting benefits for five years and may face criminal charges for making false statements or concealing key facts as part of a fraudulent claim.

The state of Kansas strongly urges you to submit your concerns using the state’s online reporting form if you know or suspect someone of fraudulent activities involving unemployment benefits. You can also call the Fraud Hotline at 785-291-6059 to report fraud.

What if I quit?

In general, you are not eligible if you leave your work freely.

If you quit for “good cause,” though, you may be able to collect. The state unemployment office determines what constitutes good reason, and you can make your case for getting benefits.

You should be entitled to a hearing if your claim is denied so that you can explain your claim. You should contact your local office because regulations and conditions differ from state to state.

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Kansas Unemployment Phone Number and Office Locations

Kansas Unemployment  OfficeKansas Unemployment Office LocationsKansas Unemployment Phone Number
Unemployment Office Chanute800 West 14th StreetChanute, KS 66720620-432-0358
Colby Unemployment Office350 South Range Suite 5Colby, KS 67701785-462-2024
Unemployment Office Dodge City2308 First AvenueDodge City, KS 67801620-227-2149
Butler Workforce Center524 N. MainEl Dorado, KS 67042-3180316-321-2350
Southeast Unemployment Office Emporia215 W. 6th Ave Suite 107Emporia, KS 66801620-342-3355
Unemployment Office Garden City107 East Spruce StreetGarden City, KS 67846-0994620-276-2339
Goodland Unemployment Office204 West 11th StreetGoodland, KS 67735785-890-2422
Unemployment Office Great Bend1025 Main StreetGreat Bend, KS 67530-4429620-793-5445
Unemployment Office Hays332 East 8th StreetHays, KS 67601-4145785-625-5654
Unemployment Office Hutchinson609 East 14thHutchinson, KS 67501620-665-3559
Unemployment Office Independence317 N. PennsylvaniaIndependence, KS 67301620-332-5904
Junction City Workforce Center1012 A West 6th StreetJunction City, KS 66441-3231785-762-8870
Wyandotte County Workforce Partnership626 MinnesotaKansas City, KS 66101913-279-2600
Lawrence Workforce Center2920 Haskell Avenue Suite 2Lawrence, KS 66046-4642785-840-9675
Leavenworth County Workforce Center515 Limit Street Suite 200Leavenworth, KS 66048913-651-1800
Johnson County Unemployment Office8535 Bluejacket StreetLenexa, KS 66214-1656913-577-5900
Manhattan Unemployment Office205 South 4th Street Suite KManhattan, KS 66502-6111785-539-5691
Southeast Unemployment Office Paola1 South Pearl Suite APaola, KS 66071913-937-9462
Unemployment Office Pittsburg216 North Broadway Suite KPittsburg, KS 66762620-231-4250
Unemployment Office Salina203 North 10th StreetSalina, KS 67401785-827-0385
Topeka Workforce Center1430 SW Topeka BoulevardTopeka, KS 66612785-235-5627
Sumner County Workforce Center314 North WashingtonWellington, KS 67152620-326-2659
Wichita Workforce Center2021 N. Amidon Suite 1100Wichita, KS 67203316-771-6800
Cowley County Unemployment Office108 East 12th StreetWinfield, KS 67156620-221-7790

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Final Thoughts

We hope the above info has been helpful to you. 

We do not make any financial advice but below are some of our thoughts that could help you stand on your feet sooner than later.

  • Don’t feel shame about needing help, but also don’t feel entitled. 
  • Don’t beat yourself up – things happen. The sooner you accept it and move on, the better.
  • Don’t burn the bridge. Work with your employer to help yourself.
    • 1) Check if you are entitled to severance pay, vacation or sick pay, 
    • 2) Ask about extending health insurance benefits, 
    • 3) Ask about outplacement resources, 
    • 4) Request a reference letter from your employer 
  • Review your financial positions, obligations. 
  • Make a weekly or monthly budget. Buy what you need, so you don’t have to sell what you need.
  • Watch out for credit card loans – they will eat you alive.
  • Make an action plan with at least 3 scenarios from best to worst and examine your options.

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Sabrina is a former campaign manager who has decided to focus her effort to help people contact senators and get help. She leads our Editorial Team with Ronald and Lawrence to curate content and resources that help us navigate the system.

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