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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.

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.

First-time claimants, STOP! Before filing your first claim, read important tips to prevent the delay of your benefits.

Those filing a weekly certification for the first time, STOP! Read important information to help ensure the continuation of your benefit payments.



News & Updates

Sign Up for Electronic Correspondence

You can now receive your unemployment insurance correspondence electronically when you agree to receive it through the Electronic Correspondence Center. Once you log into your unemployment insurance account, select the Electronic Correspondence option to sign up.

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


Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements

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

Receiving Benefits

Deductions from Benefits

Payment Methods - Debit Card or Direct Deposit

Frequently Asked Questions about the Debit Card (Adobe PDF format)

Wage Requirements - Benefit Amount

Other Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about UI Benefits

Appeals

Resources

The resources available below are in Adobe PDF format unless otherwise noted.

10 Things You Should Know about Unemployment Insurance rack card

Benefits Eligibility Fact Sheet

Benefits Eligibility Fact Sheet in English

Benefits Eligibility Fact Sheet in Spanish

Common Mistakes Made by Unemployment Insurance Claimants rack card

Facts About Unemployment Insurance Claimant Handbook

How to File an Unemployment Insurance Claim brochure

How to File an Unemployment Insurance Claim brochure in English

How to File an Unemployment Insurance Claim brochure in Spanish

Administrative Rules of South Dakota on Unemployment Insurance

South Dakota Codified Laws on Unemployment Compensation

Contact Us

Unemployment Insurance Division — Benefits
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
P.O. Box 4730
Aberdeen, SD  57402-4730
Phone:  605.626.2452
Fax:  605.626.3172
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