How Long Do I Have to Work For to Collect Unemployment in Nevada?

Nevada defines an employer as having paid a minimum of $225 in any quarter of the base period.

To qualify for unemployment insurance in Nevada, your total base period earnings must be at least 1.5 times your HQW. Your HQW must be a minimum of $400, making the minimum total amount of base period earnings to be $600. Finally, you must have worked during at least two quarters of the base period.


You must have worked during a minimum of three quarters of the base period and earned an HQW of at least $400. (You do not have to multiply your HQW by 1.5 when using this method)

NV offers both an extended base period and an alternate base period. The alternate base period considers the last four completed calendar quarters of the base period (instead of the first four). The extended base period considers the last four quarters of the previous base year (BY) if one quarter has been used in a previous unemployment insurance claim. It also may be extended up to one week if there is an overlap of the same quarter in two consecutive base periods.


  • Nina Pepetone

    what is my base period if I started working beginning of November 2016?
    Thank you…Nina

    • Base periods are determined on the date you apply for benefits, NOT the date you begin work. Specific questions on base period and eligibility should be posted on the page for the state from which you would be claiming benefits. As stated above, there is no one size fits all on base period and earnings.

      If this is your first job and you have no other prior work history, depending on your state and its earnings requirements, the earliest you would be eligible for benefits would be in January – and that is only if you are in a state which only requires one quarter of earnings in its base period, has an alternate base period (not all states do), and your wages and/or number of weeks worked meet that state’s earning requirements.

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