Unemployment Application Instructions

You can apply for UI benefits by filing a claim online. You can also file a claim through the phone.

File a Claim Online

You can file a claim online at Employment Security Division (ESD) page by clicking here. You can also file your weekly claim through this link. You will also be able to change information in your profile.

In order to file your online application successfully, you will need to answer all the questions in the application. Once files, it may take up to 30 minutes to file the claim. If you leave without completing the application, your data will not be saved. You will have to start over again when you come back to the page.

File a claim by phone

You can also file a claim by phone. If you are calling from Northern Nevada, dial (775) 684 0350, otherwise dial (702) 486 0350. You can also call at toll free number 888 890 8211.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, one has to meet the following basic requirements.

  • You should have worked in the state of Nevada i.e. received your wages in the state during past 12 to 18 months.
  • Your unemployment should not be due your fault.
  • You should have earned enough income to meet program wages guidelines for the base period.
  • You should be available to work at the time of making the claim and during the time you receive the benefits.
  • You should be able to work at the time of making the claim and afterwards as long as you receive the benefits through UI program. If your personal circumstances prevent you from accepting work, you will not be able to receive UI benefits. For instance, inadequate child care or lack of adequate transportation may prove out to be the reasons stopping you from accepting the work.
  • When offered suitable work, you must accept it. Suitable work means work that you usually perform with prevailing wages. If you have been employed for a long time before being unemployed, you may not be a good candidate for UI benefits if you are refusing low-paying work in order to find a job with wages similar to your last wages received.
  • If your working hours are reduced, you may qualify for UI benefits in most cases. Your wages after reduced working hours will play an important part to determine your eligibility in this case.

If the reason of unemployment passes the test of good cause or a worker is fired on grounds of misconduct, unemployed workers will not be able to apply for UI benefits. Similarly if workers fired on any of these reasons by previous employer and current employment lasting less than four months, they may not be eligible for UI benefits.