Learn How To Apply For Unemployment Claims With Our Guide

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A federal unemployment extension is often unavailable to states when the economy is recovering. However, Nevada has had high unemployment rates and activated benefits extension more than other states. Extensions are only permitted during times of high unemployment rates across the country.

Nevada Unemployment Resources

Learn About Requesting an Unemployment Benefits Extension in Nevada

When extended unemployment insurance coverage benefits are activated by Nevada, recipients will receive a letter with the date to file, qualification criteria and any instructions. Petitioners can always check with the Nevada ESD or local unemployment for specific details.

If an unemployment compensation extension is active, a notice will also be posted on the Department of Labor’s website for Nevada. Unless state lawmakers push to reactivate extended benefits, they generally remain unavailable.

Under statutes on the Nevada unemployment compensation extension, benefits will generally be extended when the state unemployment rate equals or exceeds 6 percent. If this happens, the state will indicate an “on” period for extended benefits that will last up to 13 weeks before needing congressional approval to continue.

Extended benefits are not the same as “Additional Benefits,” which are given to those with special circumstances or high unemployment. However, both extended benefits and additional benefits cannot be collected at the same time, and applicants must choose one or the other.

Some specific regulations regarding Nevada unemployment benefits extension stipulate that if the state is in a period of extended benefits, then individuals must meet additional requirements. For example, to claim extended unemployment insurance benefits, recipients must have no objection to different forms of work than previously performed. They must also accept a reduced wage compared to what was previously earned and demonstrate increased efforts to find work.

Extended benefits can be denied if Nevada’s ESD determines that you did not accept work or refused to search for suitable work. However, if the work was not listed with the JobConnect office or other unemployment agency, extended benefits cannot be denied for not accepting work.

Federal-State Extended Duration in Nevada

The Extended Benefits program (EB) activates during certain times when Nevada’s unemployment rate is too high. Nevada has had several high unemployment rates since the recession of 2008-2009 and has extended unemployment insurance benefits several times since 2012.

Past Emergency Unemployment Compensation in Nevada

At times, the federal or state governments establish an unemployment benefits extension program. For instance, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program temporarily gave qualified workers additional weeks of unemployment payment in 2008, but it expired in 2013.

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) policy was a temporary federal unemployment extension authorized by Congress when individuals exhausted state unemployment benefits. This program was created in response to the recession of 2008-2009 when Congress wanted to address negative impacts on individuals and families.

And in 2020, the federal government initiated the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program, which ended in 2021. Like EUC, it was not intended nor able to address chronic unemployment during periods outside of a national employment emergency.

Last Updated: February 28, 2023