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


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.

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 but refuse to return to work when recalled by their employer will lose reemployment assistance benefits.

Employers, see our Refusal to Work page if you have employees who have been placed on temporary layoff and then 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).

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