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



Work Search Requirement to be Reinstated in August

Beginning Aug. 2, 2020, and after, unemployment claimants must report at least two work search activities in the weekly payment request to be eligible. This is effective for the claim week ending Aug. 8, 2020. Failure to do so will result in ineligibility and no payment for that claim week. This requirement was previously waived due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  View more details and exceptions.

Non-paid Waiting Week Requirement Waived Until Further Notice

The non-paid waiting week required before an individual may receive unemployment benefits and has been waived, effective until further notice. The non-paid waiting week waiver period applies to weekly requests for payment filed for the week ending April 4, 2020, and forward.

COVID-19: Reemployment Assistance Eligibility Determinations

View proposed scenarios related to COVID-19 and RA benefits eligibility.

CARES Act - COVID 19 Stimulus Bill

DLR is accepting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claim applications. Start the process with these Filing Instructions.  

President Trump signed the CARES Act into law on March 27, which includes provisions to expand unemployment insurance benefits. After receiving guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor, DLR has begun aligning resources and technology to create the necessary processes to be able to pay qualified individuals their benefits as quickly as possible. Payments will be issued as soon as administratively feasible and will be paid retroactively to eligible individuals. See most recent guidance for CARES Act Benefits and Implementation.

Review our Eligibility Checker for state unemployment benefits and PUA.

Reemployment Assistance Legislation in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019

Senate Bill 187, An Act to revise certain provisions regarding reemployment assistance benefits in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 and to declare an emergency, was signed into law by Governor Kristi Noem on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The provisions go into effect immediately.


This bill amends key provisions of Title 61, DLR’s unemployment insurance (UI) laws, in order to bring South Dakota into compliance with the requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act) passed on March 18, 2020, effective April 1, 2020.


  • Allows for non-charging to a contributing employer account when claimants receive benefits as a direct result of COVID-19.
  • Exempts employers from penalties for failing to pay contributions or file reports before due date if the failure is the direct result of employers temporarily ceasing operations as a direct result of COVID-19.
  • Waives the non-paid waiting week for claims filed during an emergency declaration period as declared by the Governor.

What this Means

South Dakota is now in compliance to receive 50% of its share of the grant funding under the Act, which is in the approximate amount of $1.3 million that would be made available for UI administration use only. The other 50% will be paid if South Dakota unemployment claims increase by 10% over same quarter in previous calendar year.

State Government Job Openings

Affected by the current COVID-19 situation and looking for work, including temporary positions? View job listings with the State of South Dakota.

Name Change

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) Division has been renamed the Reemployment Assistance (RA) Division. This is a result of HB 1035 which passed during the 2019 legislative session.

The main URL has changed to Please update any bookmarked links.


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 605.626.2301 for assistance.
Fax: 605.626.3172