Department of Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment Insurance Tax - Introduction

South Dakota's unemployment insurance program is financed by employers through payroll taxes. It is exactly what the name implies, insurance. When a person becomes unemployed, benefits are paid to the person if he or she is an eligible claimant meeting the conditions set by law. Benefits are paid as a matter of right without regard to need.

If you are a liable employer under the state law, you will also pay federal unemployment taxes directly to the federal government. This federal tax helps finance the various South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation programs, such as placement, labor market information and training of workers to meet industry needs. Your federal tax also pays the administrative costs of the state unemployment insurance program.

To protect the investment you have in this program it is necessary for you to:

Understand your rights and know your responsibilities under the South Dakota unemployment insurance law.

Cooperate with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation in seeing that the program is administered efficiently and economically.

If you cannot find answers to your questions among the topics listed to the left, please contact us.

Unemployment Insurance Tax Division
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
420 S. Roosevelt Street
P.O. Box 4730
Aberdeen, SD 57402-4730
Phone: 605.626.2312
Fax: 605.626.3347


Statements in this website are for general information and do not have the effect of law or regulation. The unemployment insurance laws and regulations are contained in a publication available from the Division upon request.


Unemployment Insurance
420 South Roosevelt Street
Aberdeen, SD 57402-4730
Ph: 605.626.2301
Fax: 605.626.2322