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.



COVID-19: Reemployment Assistance Eligibility Determinations

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

CARES Act - COVID 19 Stimulus Bill

Federal lawmakers have passed a COVID-19 stimulus bill that will expand unemployment insurance benefits. Once DLR is provided with instructions from the federal government, we will make an announcement through a news release and on our website about benefit eligibility for independent contractors, the self-employed, and business owners who will soon be able to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

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