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.

    1. 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.



  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?

    1. 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?

    1. 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.

    1. 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

    1. Eugenio,

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

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