Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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Reemployment Assistance (formerly Unemployment Insurance)

Reemployment Assistance 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.



Weather-related Displacement of Employees Covered by RA Benefits

South Dakotans whose employment has been affected by the September 2019 storms may be eligible for RA Benefits. Claims can be filed online or by calling 605.626.3179. Please see what you need to know before filing. Employees must be covered under Reemployment Assistance. If you are unsure you qualify or have questions, contact Customer Service at 605.626.2452.


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.


Reemployment Assistance for Individuals

Reemployment Assistance for Businesses


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