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Nevada Unemployment Eligibility

Individuals who are considered unemployed through no fault of their own may be entitled to collect unemployment insurance benefits in Nevada.

Non Monetary Eligibility

Minimum qualifications for eligibility include, but are not limited to:

  1. Must be wholly unemployed or employed less than full-time and have earnings less than their weekly entitlement;
  2. Must be found to be jobless through no fault of their own;
  3. Must be available to seek and accept work customary to their normal occupation;
  4. Must be physically and mentally able to work at the time they initiate a claim for benefits; and,
  5. Must not refuse suitable work when offered.

Monetary Eligibility

An individual must have worked in employment and have enough wages within the base period to qualify monetarily for benefits. The work should be in “covered” employment, but it is not needed to be completely within one state. The vast majority of employers are “covered” employees, but some employment is freed from coverage, such as work performed for a church, self-employment and work executed for private employers while in the supervision of a state correctional institution.

In Nevada, an individual should have earned at least $400 in one quarter of the base period, and have total base period earnings of not less than 1-1/2 times the earnings in the highest quarter,


must have wages in at least 3 of the 4 base period quarters used to calculate eligibility.

Eligibility Questions

What is a person if fired? Will he/she be able to collect UC benefits?

Usually, in Neveda you have to lose your job through no fault of your own in order to obtain unemployment.
In most cases, this means that if you get fired, you cannot receive jobless benefits.

In case you get fired from your job, you must proceed and apply for jobless benefits, as there are some cases where you can be fired from your job and still obtain benefits.

If you think like you were fired unjustly, or there were justifying situations, ensure to tell your unemployment counselor about them. If your unemployment application is rejected, you also have the right to appeal the decision.

I am quitting my current job for a rightful reason. What are my chances with UC?

Every person has the right to leave any job for any reason. But if it is concluded that you quit without good cause, you must be denied benefits. Usually, jobless benefits are only obtainable to individuals who lost a job through no mistake of their own.

Be sure that you cannot quit your job because you didn’t like it, or it was too tough, or because it didn’t pay sufficient, or because the hours didn’t work for your schedule – and still wait for you to obtain unemployment.
Gather proof that you will need to prove your case, so you can obtain unemployment if you quit a job. For a health problem or care of a family member, you will require a doctor’s letter. In case the reason was a work problem, like discrimination, harassment or poor conditions, you may have to give witnesses to confirm.
Attend the “fact finding hearing” after being informed. The hearing may either be in person or by phone. Carry all proof or have your witnesses with you.

I will be laid off in a week’s time. Am I eligible?

Normally, in Nevada you have to have lost your job through no fault of your own so as to obtain unemployment. When you get laid-off, it is not your fault.
In about all cases, this means that if you get laid-off, you are entitled to receive unemployment benefits.
If you become jobless, you must immediately apply for unemployment benefits.
Getting laid-off doesn’t mean that you were fired or you did something wrong. It means that the company that you worked for did not have sufficient work for you to do, and could no longer afford to pay you to do your job.

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  1. I live in Nevada and my job is offering VTO for weeks time (3-4). Can I take it and be able to file for unemployment. Work is very scare and the VTO is open all shift long.

    • Hello Ana,

      Im retired from a major airline, I got a part time job at a golf course in which I worked for a year and half and they called me and told not to come in and I never heard from them again. Am I eligible for unemployment?

      • Hi, Tommy – according to Nevada unemployment law, it is possible in some cases for part-time workers who lose their job through no fault of their own to collect UI or PUA benefits. The key factor that determines whether a worker is eligible for unemployment insurance benefits is whether they earned enough wages in their base period to qualify. In Nevada, you must show base period earnings equal to or exceeding one and one-half times the high quarter earnings or wages in each of at least three of the four quarters in the past base period in order to be eligible for UI benefits. Under both conditions, you must earn at least $400 in the high quarter of the base period. You may want to speak with someone in the Nevada unemployment office, who can discuss the specifics of your situation with you, if you think you meet these eligibility criteria.

    • Dear Ana,
      Since you can use VTO and still not lose work benefits like vacation accrual or sick leave, it’s an appealing option. Taking VTO probably won’t affect any claims for unemployment, but it depends on how much you earn in a quarter.

      If your earnings are significantly impacted, it could cause problems collecting unemployment. Take a look at what your base period would be if you were separated from your employer, and that will help determine how much you need to be earning.



      • I began my job in late Nov2021. Recently they made some changes that make it harder for me to hit my numbers. i anticipate being let go in late May2022 or early June2022 (I’m trying to use up my PTO since it’s a use or lose it situation). Will I qualify for unemployment?

        • Steve – while individual states may vary on the specifics of eligibility requirements, in most states you are eligible for unemployment benefits if you lose your job through no fault of your own. If you’re not sure whether your situation qualifies, you can contact the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation to find out more.

  2. I have been collecting unemployment and I’m considering starting a less than half time CDL course at a community college in Nevada. Will I still be able to collect unemployment benefits?

    • Dear Josh,

      Yes, and you can even be a full time student and get UI – however, you must continue to seek work at whatever rate Nevada wants you to, usually applying for at least 2 jobs per week.



  3. I am currently employed by a university and am paid from grant funds. As the grant will be ending soon, do I qualify for unemployment benefits?

  4. planning on quitting my job due to harrassment/discrimination. few other employees left due to the same problem. am i eligible to for unemployment?

    • Victor,

      You should be able to justify/prove with documentation in case of a dispute by your employer when you apply.

  5. I have filed but was denied due to “Non pay due to monetarily ineligible.” I worked for a church and your article above says they are freed from coverage. Is there any other way I can file or get financial assistance? I did not quit the job….my position was eliminated. Thanks in advance for any advice.

  6. the casino I worked for closed its doors for good we are getting our remaining paid time off money do I have to claim that as income when I file my weekly claim there is major confusion on this pto pay I assumed it is deductible income and must be claimed is that the case

  7. If I quit because I became homeless with 2 dogs living in car and had to quit to move and stay with closest family member am I still eligible?

  8. I am currently on short term disability and have an approved leave of absence restaurant has since closed do I qualify for benefits

  9. Recently was let go from job held same company 26 years. Have a 21% disability due to a on job injury . Company worked for I had a contract to work my regular job and hours being restricted under Dr. Orders for total Lt knee replacement with conditions and also ankle surgery. I have applied for Social Security disability and was denied. What can I do as far as unemployment have never used it Currently have been off 12 months. And my severance has run out. Also I do recieve a monthly insurance allowance from workers comp. thanks. Bill Lewis. Sparks Nv.

  10. My friend works in a Casino, their department was reducing staff through involuntary exits and offering a voluntary severance pay for the impacted employee. If she accept the voluntary severance pay to expressed in interest for voluntary separation, can she be eligible to file a claim for Unemployment Insurance?

  11. I quit my job from illinois due to my husband’s military orders.moving to las vegas.can I file un employment in nevada.

    • Hermilita,

      You can be eligible to claim UI benefits in your state as a military spouse. Please consider applying.

  12. I just retired in May 2018 and moved to Las Vegas from California in December 2018 My vision is 75% and my hearing is also about 75% can I apply for UI or DI I`am willing to work if I can find a job in my condition

    • Eugenio,

      I am not really sure if you can claim UI benefits. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

    • Nicole,

      To qualify, you’re required to have active employment and earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters for consideration. Please call the Unemployment Office to inquire about eligibility.

  13. To whom it may concern I was in a car accident and have been out of work since June I filed for disability through my work and they only paid me for one month and I’ve been going to doctors appointments I might end up having surgery on my back and knee so my work changed my disability to general leave so they stopped paying me. Do I qualify for any unemployment benefits or any other benefits please let me know I have house payments, car payments, and lots of bills to pay. Thank you for your time.

    • Oscar,

      Unemployment Insurance benefits are only extended to claimants who’re able and available for work. Please call the Unemployment Office for more information.

  14. I worked in a high pressure corporate sales position for 2 years and was fired due to my numbers not meeting their standards (poor performance). I was a stellar employee in all other aspects but sold a very expensive dental procedure that wasn’t covered by insurance and most of my ‘leads’ couldn’t afford. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?

    • Lisa,

      You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  15. Also should I submit the eligibility form on my online documents page that I’m preftty sure I did already when I originally filed ? The answers were already filled in but looked like the submit button needed to be pushed again. If all the info is still correct and I do choose to submit it is there any harm or delays that it could cause,?

  16. I recently did not file for a few weeks, ended up getting my case reopened , and recently started receiving funds again. However I’ve been selected for a phone interview to determine eligibility again I guess? The call never came and I’m not sure if eligibility was just continued due to my job connect guy emailing them for me or if any holiday breaks will be affecting things including this ,or if there’s somewhere I can get this info? Thanks.

    • Preston,

      I am guessing everything is pretty much in place again. Please call the Claims Center and speak to a representative to clarify.

  17. Hi, I have some health issues. I’m excused from work for it but I havnt worked since I became ill. I can work but my job is not helping fast enough with finding a later shift also working my job. If my work and I agree to split will I be eligible until I can find work with the required later shift. Thanks

  18. A Supervisor put her hands on me a pushed me out of anger. It stressed me out so bad because I didn’t push her back. I had to continue to work in close proximity with her. I couldn’t take it anymore so I up and moved to another state Nevada. Can I collect unemployment ?

    • Well, this might be considered a trivial reason to leave the job. Please call the Unemployment Office in the state where your employment was based on inquiring about your eligibility.

  19. If I am living in a household that is mentally abusive and I have no other relatives here can I quit my job and go home where I’m safe also can I move home to take care of a sick mother

    • Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered.

      You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  20. My boss recommended I quit and has told me if I keep asking questions about federal regulations I wouldn’t have a job. I addressed this to corporate but they haven’t shown any interest in my concerns. Can I quit my job now and collect unemployment insurance claiming harassment or poor conditions till I can secure another one?

    • Chris,

      You can be eligible to quit and claim UI benefits under such conditions. Make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute raised by your employer.

    • If you were salaried and earned sufficient income, you can be eligible.

      Please call the Unemployment Office.

  21. I got hurt at work I’m now eligible to go back to work but my old job was given to someone else now they want me to take a job where I have to be out of town a few days a week my wife can not drive do to medical reasons can I quit to get a local job and still get unemployment benefits

    • Steve,

      Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered. UI benefits are only extended to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons.

      Please contact the Unemployment Office in your state for clarification.

    • If your employer remitted Unemployment taxes, you should be able to collect. Plus, the applicant should also be unemployed due to involuntary reasons to qualify.

  22. I have been recently fired from my job that I have worked for about a year, due to my absent rate. I had contacted my higher ups to review my absences and tardies but never got back to me. Instead I was fired 2 weeks later after speakibg with hr. Am I eligilble to receive unemoyment?

    • You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  23. I am flexed off from work approx. 1 to 2 days a week due to not enough work. Do I qualify for benefits for the days/hours not worked?

    • Yes, you should be able to claim partial Unemployment Benefits if they reduced the standard hours due to involuntary reasons.

  24. I work a full time job and a part time job been working both for 6 years now. My part time job just fired do I still qualify for unemployment

  25. I work a full time job and a part time job been working both for about 6 years my part time job fired me do I qualify to collect unemployment

  26. I quit a job last October due to the company changing my title and responsibilities. I’m currently sitting out a non-compete clause and cant work in my chosen industry until the beginning of April. Would this qualify me to apply for UI until I start my new job in April?

    • If you quit voluntarily, you will not be eligible to claim UI benefits.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  27. I need to have surgery and will be able to go back to work light duty or at a desk type of job after 2 weeks. My job doesn’t offer light duty or desk jobs. Can I claim unemployment while looking for another job?

    • You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  28. My husband works for a roofing company, he’s been working there for almost 9 months. We’re starting to get bad weather, so he is never certain if he’s going to work that day or if it starts getting windy, raining, snowing ect., they get sent home. Because of this he hasn’t been working full weeks. Would he qualify for unemployment benefits?

    • Well, if it’s meant to be a seasonal employment, he may not qualify for UI benefits. I suggest you speak to the Unemployment Office for further details.

  29. I have been suspended following an investigation. I have had no income for a month. Am I able to file? I am also not a citizen but working in the US on a green card.

    • Well, if there is an investigation pending, they will not release the payments until resolution.

      Call the Claims Center for an update. You can also consider filing for an appeal if the rejection was not fair according to you.

  30. I’m a full time employee in Nevada. My mother had a stroke 8 months ago and I just became responsible to care of her full time since she is 100% dependent. I can supply documents from doctor. Will I be eligible for unemployment benefits? thank you!

    • You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  31. I was employed, full-time for 1 year at a women’s clothing store. There was a large amount of theft, as we were in a bad area. Myself, and 3 others were let go because we did not reduce our theft percentage. Do I qualify for unemployment?

    • Voluntary issues such as performance is generally not considered. You may not be eligible.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to confirm.

  32. if I was working a job and there was a point system instilled for being late and call ins, and I was fired for this will I be eligible for unemployment benefits.

    • Voluntary issues such as performance is not considered. You may not be eligible.

      Please check further with the labor authorities in your state.

  33. I am currently in the Navy as a 15 year E6. I volunteered to retire sooner under the Temporary Early Retirement Act. My net retirement will be about $1200. I am a California resident assigned in CA which is a very expensive state that I won’t be able to afford to stay living in CA post active duty (even after finding a new civilian job). I intend to move east, NV, AZ, NM or TX to eventually buy a cheaper affordable home and find work there asap. In between my state moving transition, am I able to change state residency and apply for temporary UI in my new state right away? Or are there any rules like you must have been employed in that particular state for an amount of time? Or you can’t apply immediately within a new state resident change until having lived there for a certain amount of time? Or can I be eligible to apply in CA while staying a registered resident but physically living out of CA? I just want to ensure that the course of action I take is legal and compliant with all laws.

    • Each state has its own rules pertaining to administering UI compensation to military men.

      For specific and accurate information, please call the Unemployment Office in the state where you wish to apply from.

  34. I’m over here in a contractor job in Afghanistan, things are getting a little more dangerous, if I quit will I qualify?

    • If your employer is paying the relevant taxes into the system, you can quit due to hostile work conditions, quit and receive compensation.

      Please confirm further with the Labor Authorities in your state.

  35. I am currently employed full time at a casino restaurant and they are closing for a week and I will not get paid for that time can I claim unemployment for the period?

    • Scheduled time offs are not considered. You may not qualify.

      Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state.

  36. I was in a car accident and will q be able to work for 4 months.I’ve been employed by the same company for 24 years. Can I collect unemployment benefits or other financial help during my recovery time

    • Please look out for benefits under the Workers comp scheme.
      You will not be eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance since it is only extended to those who are able and available for work.

  37. I went out on maternity leave but my job does not apply for maternity leave I have three babies would if I could apply for unemployment at least until you can start work again

    • Maternity leave is not covered.

      You will not be eligible since compensation is only provided to those who are able and available to work.

  38. If someone has been out of work on disability while having chemo and is going to be laid off, hw does this affect getting unemployment

    • She is able to work so that part is ok,I should have been cleared, since she hasn’t worked for 6 months would she get any money from unemployment.

    • UI benefits are only extended to those are able to and fit to work.

      If you’re able to apply for jobs along with treatment on the sidelines,please consider applying.

  39. I worked/lived in vegas since 2007 have been with the same company since 2008 and I was transferred to AZ in Oct.2013. My job was just terminated. I am eligible for umemployement in NV?

  40. I am a poker dealer for a casino and my hours have been cut to 15 or less a week and also make much less in tips because of this. am I eligible for some benefits ?


    • You may not be eligible as UI benefits are only provided to those who are fit and able to work.

  42. I am working full time but also receiving retirement benefits. I will be laid off in June because the company contract is not being renewed after 3 years in Las Vegas. Am I eligible for benefits?

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