In the state of Nevada, the unemployment insurance (UI) program provides temporary financial assistance to individuals who are unemployed and seeking employment. The UI program is supervised by the Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation. All employment services are offered in both English and Spanish.
You must be completely unemployed due to no fault of your own to be eligible for UI benefits. You also need to be available for work, physically able to work, and ready to take on any suitable job that is offered to you through a reemployment service program (RES). Moreover, you must prove that you are actively seeking employment by registering with Nevada Job Connect or your local job service center. Additionally, you may be required to participate in a reemployment eligibility assessment (REA) program, which is designed to help you develop a successful work search plan. At the same time, you may be required to participate in a career enhancement program (CEP), which is designed to help you determine whether you need to learn new skills in order to find a high-paying position in your particular field of interest. In some cases, you will be obligated to complete these programs while receiving UI benefits; however, each case is handled on an individual basis.
Monetary Eligibility Requirement
Your eligibility is based on your earnings from a specific 12-month period known as your “base period.” The base period is made up of the first four quarters out of the last five completed quarters of the calendar year, and you must have earned enough wages in this period to qualify for UI benefits. However, you can qualify for an alternate base period if you have not earned enough wages in your base period. The alternate base period consists of the last four completed quarters. In either case, you must have earned wages in three out of the four quarters in your base period. These earnings are used to calculate your total and weekly benefit amounts. For instance, your weekly benefit amount will typically be four percent of your total earnings from your base period. In most cases, your maximum (total) benefit amount will be approximately one-third of your base wages or 26 times your weekly benefit amount; it is the lesser of these two possibilities that will be chosen as your maximum benefit amount. In Nevada, you can receive a maximum of $402 per week in UI benefits, and you can only claim UI benefits for a maximum of 26 weeks in one benefit year, which is a 52-week period.
How to File a Claim
Filing online is the easiest way to apply for UI benefits. However, you can also contact the claim center by telephone if you do not have access to a computer or the internet. In both cases, you will need to create a PIN that will be used to verify your identity and access your claim. You will need the following items to submit a UI claim:
- Social Security Number
- Mailing address and telephone number
- Driver’s license or identification card
- Contact details of the two most recent employers
- Dates of employment and reasons for separation from these two positions