Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

Font Size: A A A

Reemployment Assistance Benefits

Reemployment assistance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to eligible unemployed workers who lost their job through no fault of their own and are not based on financial need. Reemployment assistance benefits are funded through a dedicated tax paid by your former employer(s). As an employee, you do not pay any portion of the benefit costs or taxes. Your eligibility for benefits is based on the wages you have earned. In order to qualify for benefits, you must be able and available to accept full-time work. While you are receiving reemployment assistance benefits, it is your responsibility to return to the workforce as quickly as you can.

Work Search Requirement to be Reinstated in August

Beginning Aug. 2, 2020, and after, unemployment claimants must report at least two work search activities in the weekly payment request to be eligible. This is effective for the claim week ending Aug. 8, 2020. Failure to do so will result in ineligibility and no payment for that claim week. This requirement was previously waived due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  View more details and exceptions.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) Ending

The last $600 additional weekly federal unemployment insurance benefit payment will be for the claim week ending Saturday, July 25. For the claim week ending Saturday, Aug. 1, and forward, claimants will receive only their weekly benefit amount.

Claimants who have weekly requests waiting to be processed from April 5-July 25 will receive the $600 retroactively if found eligible.

If Congress extends or changes this supplement, we will update our website.


Everyone starts by filing a claim to determine eligibility for state unemployment benefits or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. Claimants cannot choose which program they want to apply for. If a claimant is eligible for state unemployment benefits, they cannot also receive Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) at the same time.

Our Unemployment Provisions for Workers Affected by COVID-19 Flowchart outlines what you need to know and do under the CARES Act.

To see which program you may be eligible for, please see our Eligibility Checker.

Filing a Claim

You can file a claim online or by telephone. Filing online is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To file by telephone, contact the Claims Call Center at 605.626.3179, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. (Central Time). For TTY service, dial 711 or 800.877.1113. Translator services available on request.

A new “last name” filing system is being implemented Monday, March 30, for claimants who want to file by telephone. Based on the first letter of your last name, claimants should file by phone on the day assigned to their last names:

Filing Schedule by Last Name
Monday Tuesday Wednesday
If you missed your day, you can file Thursday or Friday.

File as soon as you become unemployed or if your work hours have been reduced. Waiting to file may cause you to lose some benefits.

First-time claimants, STOP! Before filing your first claim, read important tips to prevent the delay of your benefits.

Those filing a weekly request for payment for the first time, STOP! Read important information to help ensure the continuation of your benefit payments.

Check Initial Claim and Payment Request Statuses Online

Check the status of your initial claim by logging in to your account. Status will be in green, under the Welcome message. See what the status means in this table.

View the status of your Weekly Request for Payment in the Payment History screen. See what the status means in this table.

Benefit Payment Delays

View eight common reasons your payments might be delayed.

Refusal to Return to Work

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. See guidance.

Ask the Virtual Assistant questions related to COVID-19 and Reemployment Assistance

Our Virtual Assistant cannot answer detailed questions on individual circumstances, nor is it a live chat. Representatives in your Job Service Office may also be able to assist with questions. Please also see our FAQ page, proposed scenario interpretations, Eligibility Checker, and eight common reasons your payments might be delayed.




Our Applying for Reemployment Assistance video walks through the steps on filing a reemployment assistance (unemployment insurance) claim online.

Applying for Reemployment Assistance (How to file a UI Claim)

Our Filing a Weekly Request for Payment video walks through the steps on filing a weekly request for payment on line.

Filing a Weekly Request for Payment video tutorial

Our Frequently Asked Questions video shows claimants where to find commonly asked questions and find frequently accessed quick links concerning unemployment claims.

Frequently Asked Questions video

If you need to cancel a reemployment assistance claim because your employer has indicated you will be paid your wages or for another reason, email us at

CARES Act - COVID 19 Stimulus Bill

President Trump signed the CARES Act into law on March 27, which includes provisions to expand unemployment insurance benefits. After receiving guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor, DLR has begun aligning resources and technology to create the necessary processes to be able to pay qualified individuals their benefits as quickly as possible. Payments will be issued as soon as administratively feasible and will be paid retroactively to eligible individuals. See most recent guidance for CARES Act Benefits and Implementation.

Review our Eligibility Checker for state unemployment benefits and PUA.

Non-paid Waiting Week Requirement Waived Until Further Notice

The non-paid waiting week required before an individual may receive unemployment benefits and has been waived, effective until further notice. The non-paid waiting week waiver period applies to weekly requests for payment filed for the week ending April 4, 2020, and forward.

Unemployment Insurance Phishing Fraud Alert from the U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General has discovered a scam, where scammers are sending emails using the names of companies or someone you know and trust. See the Fraud Alert for more information.

News and Updates

Sign Up for Electronic Correspondence

Receive your reemployment assistance correspondence electronically when you agree to receive it through the Electronic Correspondence Center. Once you log into your reemployment assistance account, select the Electronic Correspondence option to sign up. Any correspondence received in the mail prior to signing up will not be available through electronic correspondence.

Questions about Reemployment Assistance

Call our Customer Service if you have questions, at 605.626.2452, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time).

The Claims Call Center and our Customer Service are closed on all state holidays.

Reemployment Assistance Quick Links


Eligibility Requirements

Your Responsibilities as the Claimant

File a Claim for Benefits

File a Weekly Request for Payment

Report Work and Earnings

Register for Work

Work Search Requirements

Report Address Changes

Reopen My Claim

Help Prevent Overpayments and Fraud

Receiving Benefits

Deductions from Benefits

Payment Methods - Debit Card or Direct Deposit

Wage Requirements - Benefit Amount

Other Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about RA Benefits



The resources available below are in Adobe PDF format unless otherwise noted.

10 Things You Should Know about Reemployment Assistance rack card

Benefits Eligibility Fact Sheet

Benefits Eligibility Fact Sheet in English

Benefits Eligibility Fact Sheet in Spanish

Common Mistakes Made by Reemployment Assistance Claimants rack card

Facts About Reemployment Assistance Claimant Handbook

How to File an Reemployment Assistance Claim brochure

How to File an Reemployment Assistance Claim brochure in English

How to File an Reemployment Assistance Claim brochure in Spanish

Administrative Rules of South Dakota on Unemployment Compensation

South Dakota Codified Laws on Unemployment Compensation

Contact Us

Reemployment Assistance Division — Benefits
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
P.O. Box 4730
Aberdeen, SD  57402-4730
Phone:  605.626.2452
Fax:  605.626.3172