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Services for Individuals - Unemployment Insurance Benefits
What are unemployment insurance benefits?
Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to eligible unemployed workers who lost their job through no fault of their own and are not based on financial need. Unemployment insurance benefits are funded through a dedicated tax that is paid by your former employer(s). As an employee, you do not pay any portion of the benefit costs or taxes. Your eligibility for benefits is based on the wages you have earned. In order to qualify for benefits, you must be able and available to accept full-time work. While you are receiving unemployment benefits, it is your responsibility to return to the workforce as quickly as you can.
How to file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits
You can file a claim online or by telephone. Filing online is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To file by telephone, contact the Claims Call Center at 605.626.3179, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. (CST). Speech and hearing impaired applicants can call 800.877.1113. Select the File a Claim for Benefits quick link below to learn more about how to file a claim and access our online filing system. File as soon as you become unemployed or if your work hours have been reduced. Waiting to file may cause you to lose some benefits.
Questions about unemployment insurance
Call our Customer Service if you have questions, at 605.626.2452, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CST).
The Claims Call Center and our Customer Service are closed on all state holidays.
Unemployment Insurance Quick Links
Your Responsibilities as the Claimant
File a Claim for Benefits
File a Weekly Certification
Report Work and Earnings
Register for Work
Work Search Requirements
Report Address Changes
Reopen My Claim
Help Prevent Overpayments and Fraud
Deductions from Benefits
Payment Methods - Debit Card or Direct Deposit
Frequently Asked Questions about the Debit Card (Adobe PDF format)
Wage Requirements - Benefit Amount
Frequently Asked Questions about UI Benefits
The resources available below are in Adobe PDF format unless otherwise noted.
10 Things You Should Know about Unemployment Insurance rack card
Common Mistakes Made by Unemployment Insurance Claimants rack card
Facts About Unemployment Insurance Claimant Handbook
Quick File Guide for Unemployment Insurance Benefits
South Dakota Codified Laws on Unemployment Compensation (website)
Unemployment Insurance Division — Benefits
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
P.O. Box 4730
Aberdeen, SD 57402-4730