How to Apply for Unemployment

How to Apply for Unemployment

  1. The safest, fastest way to claim unemployment and/or to check your claim status is online at
  2. File your claim online before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m. for best results. Keep trying online, avoiding peak hours – the website is going slowly due to high volume, but it is working.
  3. Reserve phone lines for those who are unable to file online.
  4. There are no in-person claims – offices are closed to the public.
  5. File a claim every week until you return to work. Weeks begin on Sunday.
  6. Keep filing weekly claims, even if you are paid that week.
  7. Be cautious of scams – go to and select the Fraud Reporting Form under quick links.

You May Be Eligible for Unemployment Insurance Benefits If:

  1. You are not receiving pay from your employer through no fault of your own – extended furloughs, shutdowns, layoffs etc. are eligible.
  2. Your hours have been reduced, and you are receiving less than $469 gross earnings per week.
  3. You are self-employed and unable to work during the pandemic.

You May Not Be Eligible for Unemployment Insurance Benefits If:

  1. You are still being paid, even if unable to work due to the pandemic.
  2. Your work is not covered by a contributing employer in Nevada, you are a contractor, gig economy worker, or a 1099 worker.
  3. Not eligible for traditional unemployment but may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

Eligibility for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

  1. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is available to the groups of people mentioned above including:
  2. Self-employed
  3. Employees who have not earned enough wages or worked enough hours for regular unemployment benefits
  4. Individuals who were going to start work but could not due to COVID-19 pandemic

More information at

Waivers, Exceptions and Extensions:

  1. Work search requirements are waived during the pandemic. To bypass the Work Search Activity page, simply select the “submit to continue” button.
  2. As we continue to work with the Federal government, more assistance will be available for unemployed individuals as programs expand.

The most detailed and current information, including instructions, frequently asked questions, and video tutorials, can be found at and at on the DETR COVID-19 webpage.


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