Nevada Unemployment Eligibility

Nevada Unemployment Eligibility

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How to qualify for Nevada unemployment benefits

The Nevada UI benefit program provides compensation to individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own. To receive these benefits, claimants must meet the UI eligibility criteria outlined by the state of Nevada.

In order to receive Nevada unemployment benefits, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be completely or partially unemployed
  • Earn enough wages during the base period
  • Submit an initial application
  • Register for work with Nevada Job Services
  • Be mentally and physically able to work full time
  • Be available to work without any barriers
  • Be actively looking for a new job
  • Keep a record of your work search activity
  • File your weekly claims in a timely manner

Monetary eligibility requirements

Your weekly benefits are determined based on your earnings during a specific period known as the base period, rather than your financial needs. The amount you earned during your highest quarter in the base period determines your weekly benefit amount, up to a certain maximum. The base period is typically the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before you filed for UI benefits.

If an unemployed worker fails to meet the wage criteria using the standard base period, they may qualify for benefits using an alternate base period. The alternative base period uses the last four quarters that have been completed at the time the unemployment claim is filed. It is important to note that the use of the alternate base period is not a choice. It can only be used if a claimant does not meet the criteria for any benefits using the first four of the last five completed quarters to calculate their benefit amount.

If you have experienced an on-the-job injury, you may also be eligible for an extended base period claim that uses your wages before your injury.

You can estimate your benefit amount by using our Nevada Unemployment Calculator.

Wage credits

A wage credit is any compensation paid by an employer. To qualify for unemployment benefits in Nevada, you must have earned one and a half times the wages in your highest earning quarter OR you must have earned wages in at least three of the four quarters of your base period. No matter which condition you meet, you must have earned at least $400 during your highest-earning quarter.

Non-monetary UI benefit eligibility requirements

Unemployment insurance benefits are exclusively for workers who are without a job due to reasons beyond their control and are capable and willing to seek full-time work. Your eligibility for UI benefits can only be decided after you apply for Nevada unemployment benefits and provide information about yourself and your previous employers.

Nevada unemployment applicants also must meet the state’s work search requirement and enroll for job placement services with Nevada Job Services by visiting their local Nevada Job Connect office.

How many weeks of Nevada unemployment do I qualify for?

Nevada workers qualify for 26 weeks of unemployment benefits. This assistance lasts for one year from the week you apply. This is known as the “benefit year.”

Maintaining Eligibility

After you have filed your initial claim for unemployment benefits, you will need to file a weekly claim to be paid. This involves reporting any work you performed and income you received during the week, as well as the steps you took to find a new full-time job.

While there is no set amount of job search activity you must perform each week, you do have to show you are making a full-faith effort to secure new employment. You will need to provide a log of this activity each week you file an unemployment claim.

Failure to file a weekly claim can lead to a delay in unemployment compensation.

What is considered “suitable work?”

When job searching, it’s important to know what the typical pay and hours are for the type of work you’re looking for in the area. If you don’t know, you can ask for help at a Nevada JobConnect office near you. A representative will be able to look up local labor market information to help guide your search.

You should be ready to accept any job offer that’s reasonable for your skills and experience.

Can I work part time and receive unemployment benefits?

You can work part time and receive benefits so long as you report any wages you earned for the week and those wages do not equal one and a half times your weekly benefit amount.

Any wages you earn will be deducted from your weekly benefit amount by 75%.

Do I qualify for unemployment if I am self-employed?

Not if you don’t have enough wage credits from outside employers. However, if you worked for yourself at any point during your weekly claims, including gig workers or as an independent contractor, it’s important to report the time you spent on that work, even if you didn’t make any money.

If you have any questions about this, and you only worked for yourself part-time, you can contact the Nevada UI claim center for guidance on how to report this.

What would disqualify me from the Nevada UI benefit program?

There are many reasons why your request for benefits might be denied. Some of these reasons include, but are not limited to:

  1. Voluntarily quitting your job
  2. Being fired for misconduct
  3. Failure to report wages on your weekly claims
  4. Unable or unavailable for full-time work
  5. Refusing a suitable job
  6. Unemployed due to a labor strike
  7. Receiving unemployment benefits in another state
  8. Fraudulently obtaining benefits by lying or withholding information

If you were denied benefits but believe the division made a mistake, you have the right to appeal the decision.

What can affect my claim for benefits?

If something happens that makes it difficult for you to work or accept a full-time job, it could affect your request for benefits. This could include things like losing child care, going to school, traveling, getting sick, or starting your own business. If any of these situations apply to you, it’s important to tell your local claims office right away.

Your weekly benefit amount could also be reduced due to wages or earnings from other sources, including part-time work, severance pay, and retirement income.

When do I no longer qualify for Nevada unemployment benefits?

Once a claimant returns to work full time or starts earning one and a half times their weekly benefit amount, they no longer qualify for unemployment benefits in Nevada. When this happens, you can simply quit filing weekly claims for benefits. The unemployment division will assume you have returned to work full-time—you do not need to contact them to stop benefit payment.

You also no longer qualify for Nevada unemployment insurance once you have collected 26 weeks of benefits, provided there are no Extended Benefits programs in place.

  1. In Nevada if I only worked on the books where taxes were taken out for 4 months then lost my job thro no fault of my own will I qualify? I made $18hr and 40hrs a week

    • Hi, Sam – In Nevada, to be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits, you must have base period earnings that are equal to or greater than one and one-half times your earnings in your highest quarter or reported wages in each of at least three of the four quarters in the past base period. Under both conditions, you must earn at least $400 in your highest quarter. Before you apply, it’s probably a good idea to connect with someone directly in Nevada’s unemployment office to discuss the specifics of your claim.

    • Hi, there – you may not know until you apply. In Nevada, reviewers will look at your earnings for a full, one-year base period. You must have earned at least a minimum amount in wages during that time before you were unemployed. Ultimately, your eligibility will depend on earnings during that entire year, plus whether you meet other eligibility criteria.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.



  4. 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?

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

  6. 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.

  7. i have been let go because my job turned remote and i do not have reliable internet. will i qualify for unemployment?

  8. 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

  9. 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?

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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,?

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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?

  42. 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 ?

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