Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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News

Welcome to the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation's news room. Here you will find the latest news relating to our various programs. If you need background or statistics for a story or an expert to help interpret the information, contact Dawn Dovre, Director of Public Affairs, at 605.773.5395.

2020 News Releases

The following news releases (Adobe PDF format) are listed in reverse chronological order, with the most recent releases at the top.

May 2020
May 21, 2020 Unemployment Initial Weekly Claims Decrease
May 19, 2020 Unemployment Claimants Must Request Weekly Payment
May 14, 2020 Unemployment Initial Weekly Claims Increase
May 7, 2020 Unemployment Initial Weekly Claims Decrease 
May 5, 2020 Labor Department Accepting Claims for Additional 13 Weeks of Unemployment Benefits
April 2020
April 30, 2020 Unemployment Initial Weekly Claims Steady
April 24, 2020 Labor Market Information Center Remains Open
April 23, 2020 Unemployment Initial Weekly Claims Decrease
April 22, 2020 Labor Department Accepting Bulk Unemployment Claims Related to COVID-19
April 20, 2020 Division of Insurance Implements Temporary Insurance Producer Licenses
April 17, 2020 Labor Department Accepting Unemployment Claims from Self-employed, Independent Contractors, Gig Workers
April 16, 2020 Unemployment Insurance Initial Weekly Claims Decrease
April 14, 2020 Unemployment Insurance Claims Tracker Now Available
Unemployment Claimants Called Back Must Accept Work
April 13, 2020 Unemployment Application for Self-employed, Independent Contractors, Gig Workers Coming Soon
April 9, 2020 Unemployment Insurance Initial Weekly Claims Rise
April 8, 2020 Labor Department Issuing Additional $600 Weekly Unemployment Benefit
April 6, 2020 Labor Department Outlines CARES Act Benefits and Implementation
April 2, 2020 CORRECTION: Unemployment Insurance Initial Weekly Claims Rise Dramatically
April 1, 2020 Unemployment Claimants Must Request Weekly Payment
March 2020
March 30, 2020 Unemployment Filing Reminders for Workers
March 27, 2020 Labor Department Warns Against Unemployment Insurance Scams
March 27, 2020 Labor Department Implementing Unemployment Insurance System Improvements
March 26, 2020 Unemployment Insurance Initial Weekly Claims Rise
March 25, 2020 Business Webinar on Unemployment Insurance during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Webinar recording
  (We apologize for the audio quality during part of the webinar; there was a technical issue with the webinar system.)
PowerPoint presentation (PDF)
PowerPoint presentation - note taking version (PDF)
March 21, 2020 Unemployment Insurance Eligibility Requirements Loosened
March 20, 2020 Unemployment Claims: What Workers and Businesses Need to Know
March 19, 2020 Labor Department Accepting Unemployment Claims from Workers Affected by COVID-19
March 18, 2020 Use SIDES for Online Unemployment Filing
March 17, 2020 Labor Department Accepting Unemployment Claims from School Employees Affected by COVID-19 Closures
March 15, 2020 Reemployment Assistance Customer Service Center Remains Open
February 2020
Feb. 26, 2020 Afdahl Named to FDIC Advisory Committee of State Regulators
Feb. 21, 2020 Noem Signs Legislation to Reduce Regulations, Make Business Easier for South Dakotans
• View KCCR's Coverage of Governor Kristi Noem's Weekly Legislative Press Conference (Facebook)
Feb. 3, 2020 Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Approaching
January 2020
Jan., 15, 2020 Labor Department Accepting Applications for Eligible Training Providers
Jan. 10, 2020 Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available