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The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) made an announcement on the launch of Nevada's Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) filing system on Thursday.

Officials said in a conference on Zoom that this program is for those who wouldn't traditionally be eligible for unemployment like independent contractors and gig workers.

Officials said the new phone number for residents to call is 1-800-603-9681. A new call center will be available on Saturday, when the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance system launches.

The Alerica call center won't take general calls starting on Thursday night.

Officials said if you were eligible for unemployment, it will be back dated. Some people will be able to receive PUA as well as the additional $600 from the federal government.

Individuals who are eligible for PUA are as follows:

  • Self-employed, 1099 contract workers and gig workers
  • Employees whose wages are not reported for unemployment insurance
  • Employees who have not earned enough wages or worked enough hours for standard unemployment benefits due to COVID-19
  • People who were unemployed or going to start work but could not due to COVID-19

They said the new site will not be active until Saturday.

Officials said the weekly amount you'll be able to receive is $181-$496, along with the additional $600 from the federal government.

Applications will be all digital.

You can find more information in the document below: