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South Dakota Unemployment Insurance Benefits
South Dakota’s Department of Labor and Regulation administers an unemployment insurance program designed to provide temporary assistance to unemployed South Dakota workers.
These reemployment assistance benefits provide financial assistance to eligible state residents who are unemployed through no fault of their own and are actively looking for full-time work.
South Dakota Unemployment Services
|Private Website||South Dakota Unemployment|
|Weekly Certification||Request Weekly Payment|
|Appeal a Denial||https://dlr.sd.gov/ra/individuals/appeals.aspx|
|Find a Local Office||https://dlr.sd.gov/localoffices/default.aspx|
How To Qualify for South Dakota Unemployment Benefits
To be eligible for South Dakota unemployment insurance benefits, you must be a resident of South Dakota and all of the following must be true:
- You are unemployed through no fault of your own
- You worked in South Dakota during the past 12 months
- You earned a minimum amount of wages determined by South Dakota guidelines
- You are actively seeking work each week you are collecting benefits
There are three major eligibility criteria the Department of Labor and Regulation will consider when determining whether an employee is eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. They are as follows:
- Whether the worker can report enough earnings during your base period
- Whether the worker lost employment through no fault of her own – or quit a previous job for good cause
- Whether the worker is able and available to accept suitable work when it is offered to you
If you meet each of the eligibility requirements, your claim for jobless benefits is likely to be approved.
Benefit Payments and Duration
|Base Period||First 4 of the last 5 completed quarters|
|Alt Base Period||Last 4 completed quarters|
|Duration of Benefits||Weekly Payment||Maximum Benefits Amount (1 year)|
How To Apply for South Dakota Unemployment Benefits
The best way to submit your initial claim for South Dakota unemployment benefits is to apply online. If you prefer, you may also file a claim over the telephone by calling 605-626-3179, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. Central Standard Time.
If you choose the online option, you will set up a username and password that allows you to check the status of your unemployment claim and certify your weekly benefits.
Once you file, you’ll receive an eligibility determination from the Department of Labor and Regulation that outlines the wages reported by your employer and the amount you should expect to receive in benefits.
Managing Your Unemployment Benefits
Once approved for unemployment benefits, you must certify your eligibility on a weekly basis. You can certify online using the account you set up when submitting your original claim, or by telephone at 605-626-3179.
Answer questions about your efforts to find work, and report any earnings or job offers from the prior week.
How To Appeal a Decision
If your initial reemployment assistance claim is denied, you can file an appeal within 15 days. You may do so by mailing or faxing a statement of appeal to your local unemployment office.
Be prepared to participate in a telephone hearing before an administrative law judge. This is your opportunity to present evidence and witness testimony that helps support your claim. After the hearing, the judge will issue a decision on your appeal.
If you would like to appeal the judge’s decision, you may send a statement of appeal to the Secretary of Labor and Regulation within 15 days. Further appeals are submitted to the South Dakota Circuit Court.
Reporting Unemployment Fraud in South Dakota
South Dakota is committed to responsibly and accurately distributing unemployment benefits. If you suspect either a claimant or an employer of fraudulent activity related to unemployment claims, you can report it below:
Report Possible Fraud: https://dlr.sd.gov/ra/report_fraud.aspx
Be prepared to provide as much specific information as you possibly can so that the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation may investigate appropriately.
South Dakota Unemployment Office Locations
|Aberdeen Unemployment Office
420 S. Roosevelt Street
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Brookings Unemployment Office
Huron Unemployment Office
Lake Andes Unemployment Office
Madison Unemployment Office
Mitchell Unemployment Office
North Sioux City Unemployment Office
Pierre Unemployment Office
|Rapid City Unemployment Office
2330 N. Maple Ave., Suite 1
Rapid City, SD 57701-7898
Sioux Falls Unemployment Office
Sisseton Unemployment Office
Spearfish Unemployment Office
Vermillion Unemployment Office
Watertown Unemployment Office
Winner Unemployment Office
Yankton Unemployment Office