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


South Dakota to End Federal Pandemic Unemployment Benefits

Governor Noem has announced all federal unemployment pandemic programs will end in South Dakota effective June 26, 2021. All claimants will be contacted by the Reemployment Assistance Division with further details after the U.S. DOL has provided further guidance. Specific claim issues may continue to be directed to the Customer Service Center at 605.626.2452 or Any weekly requests for payment under review for weeks through the claim week ending June 26, 2021, will be made if an individual is found eligible.

DLR will continue to pay regular State claims. 

PUA/Self-employed — Reopening Your Business/Work Search Steps

Per federal guidelines, self-employed individuals must take steps to reopen their businesses and report all wages or seek other employment to remain eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) reemployment assistance benefits (effective April 25, 2021). See Steps to Reopen Your Business or Search for Work for more information.

IMPORTANT: You must report all of your gross income for earnings every week.

Report Refusals to Work 

Report No Shows and Refusal of Suitable Work or Interviews

The RA Division asks employers to report no shows/refusal of suitable work or interviews, etc., to the division at For more information and example scenarios, visit our Refusal to Work page.

Report Refusals to Return to Work After Temporary Layoff

Workers who have been placed on a temporary layoff related to COVID-19 but refuse to return to work when recalled by their employer will lose unemployment benefits, except for certain circumstances.

Employers, see our Refusal to Work page if you have employees who have been placed on temporary layoff related to COVID 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.

CARES Act Unemployment Extension and Implementation

Please see our CARES Act page for information on the CARES Act as well as the subsequent CARES ACT unemployment extension provisions contained in the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020 (Continued Assistance Act).

We will provide updates via news releases, our CARES Act page and social media when more information is available.

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).

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