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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.
Customer Service and Claims Call Center High Call Volume
We are experiencing a high call volume in Customer Service and our Claims Call Center. Wait times will be longer than normal. We take calls in the order they are received, so it is best to stay on the line instead of hanging up and calling back. Wait times are usually longer on Mondays and Tuesdays. Thank you for your patience.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available
DLR is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) in Aurora County as a result of the Presidential Disaster Declaration, FEMA DR-4469. Workers who lost their jobs and self-employed individuals and farmworkers who have been unable to work due to the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred Sept. 9-26, 2019, may be eligible for benefits. See our Disaster Unemployment Assistance page for details.
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 dlr.sd.gov/ra. Please update any bookmarked links.
Reemployment Assistance for Individuals
Reemployment Assistance for Businesses
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.