Unemployment Benefits


Due to the unprecedentedly high volume of questions, KDOL is unable to individually answer questions at this time. KDOL staff will continue to monitor social media and the KDOL Communication inbox daily for the most frequently asked questions and will answer those FAQs during the KDOL Morning Video Update at 9:30 a.m., Mon-Fri.

If you have found yourself unemployed due to COVID-19, you can view this helpful Q&A sheet that can answer questions you may have here. To apply for unemployment benefits, please visit the following website:      



In an effort to relieve some of the strain placed on our IT systems by the overwhelming number of claims coming in at the same time, we are asking claimants to file an application for benefits and weekly claims on certain days by the first letter of their last name. This process is called “Gating” and will ensure more Kansans access to file.

1. If you need to file an unemployment application or weekly claim and your last name begins with the letter A - M, file a claim on Sunday (afternoon), Tuesday, or Thursday.

2. If you need to file an unemployment application or weekly claim and your last name begins with the letter N - Z, file a claim on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday.

3. Saturdays will be reserved for anyone who has not previously been able to file a claim.

Remember: claims filed on either Sunday or Monday will be paid at the same time, so there is no disadvantage to you if your last name is Zook and you file on Monday instead of Sunday.

By participating in our gating program, you will help to ensure that all Kansans eligible for unemployment insurance benefits will have access to the system.

You will need to take the steps laid out on the website to receive unemployment, and each step is explained thoroughly, with links throughout to complete the steps. 


Filing an Initial Claim:


You may also view the benefits available and use the benefit option calculator to find out how much you can receive. How to file a claim and benefit receipt options (check/debit card/direct deposit) are explained as well. 


This website is incredibly comprehensive, with all the information Kansans will need to access unemployment benefits. *Important Note: Unemployment claims MUST be filed weekly.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Kansas Department of Labor at (785) 296-5000 or by visiting https://www.dol.ks.gov/contact-kdol.

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