Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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Reemployment Assistance (formerly Unemployment Insurance)

Reemployment Assistance (RA) provides temporary financial assistance for people who have lost their job until they find other employment. South Dakota's reemployment assistance program is financed by employers through payroll taxes; workers do not contribute to this plan.

Reemployment Assistance for Individuals

Reemployment Assistance for Businesses



1099-G Forms to be Issued in January

1099-G forms will be issued to RA claimants in January. Please log in to your online account or contact the Customer Service Center at 605.626.2452 to verify we have your current address on file. Mail from the RA Division cannot be forwarded by the post office, so you must notify us of any changes as soon as possible. Thank you.


Report No Shows, Refusal of Suitable Work or Interviews or Refusal to Return to Work After Layoff

Please visit our Refusal to Work page to report:

  • Individuals who refuse to interview or to accept a suitable job offer, do not show up for work, etc.
  • Employees who have been placed on temporary layoff but refuse to return to work or quit without good cause.

South Dakota Unemployment Benefit Identity Theft

Individuals and employers who suspect an unemployment benefits claim may have been filed using a stolen identity, see our Unemployment Benefit Identity Theft page for actions to take.

Alert on Fraudulent Websites and Phishing Scams

Be on the lookout for websites that mimic government unemployment insurance websites, including state workforce agency sites as well as texts claiming to be from state workforce agency unemployment insurance divisions. Criminals create these websites and scam texts to trick people into disclosing personally identifiable and sensitive information. View alert issued by U.S. DOL for more information (issued March 4, 2021).


Federal Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Programs Have Ended in South Dakota

All federal unemployment pandemic programs have ended in South Dakota. The last claim week to receive federal unemployment benefits if eligible was for the claim week ending June. 26. Any weekly requests for payment under review for weeks through the claim week ending June 26, 2021, will be made when and if an individual is found eligible.

Specific claim issues may continue to be directed to the Customer Service Center at 605.626.2452 or

DLR will continue to pay regular State claims. 

View our federal pandemic unemployment programs archival information.


Contact Us

Reemployment Assistance Division
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
P.O. Box 4730
Aberdeen, SD 57402-4730
Phone: If you do not know which section listed above you need to speak with, please call 605.626.2452 for assistance.
Fax: 605.626.3172