Marcia Hultman

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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.

Filing a Claim

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.

You can file a claim online or by telephone. Filing online is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the RA Benefits Portal.

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.

Please direct any questions to our Customer Service Center at 605.626.2452, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time).

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.

RA Benefits Portal

Click the RA Benefits Portal icon below to create/log in to your account, file online, request weekly payments, check correspondence, make payments, and more.

View the RA Benefits Portal Profile Guide, a quick start guide for logging in and setting up a profile in the RA Benefits Portal (Spanish and Somali translations coming soon).


Read the RA Claimant Handbook

Our RA Claimant Handbook English | Spanish | Somali) contains instructions and answers to many of your questions. You are responsible for reading and knowing the requirements and following the rules.


View our Frequently Asked Questions or contact the RA Customer Service Center at 605.626.2452 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time) with questions.

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

Sign Up for Electronic Correspondence

Signing up for electronic correspondence allows you to receive most, but not all of your RA correspondence electronically. When you opt-in to receive electronic correspondence RA mail will be sent to a secure electronic “mailbox” set up for you on our website.

You must be logged in to the RA Benefits Portal to sign up or view your correspondence. Once signed in, Click on View Correspondence under the My Claim Status section and then Electronic Correspondence.

Any correspondence received in the mail prior to signing up will not be available through electronic correspondence.

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.


Benefits Eligibility Fact Sheet English |Spanish | Somali

Common Mistakes Made by Reemployment Assistance Claimants (webpage)

RA Claimant Handbook English | Spanish | Somali

Reemployment Assistance at a Glance brochure English | Spanish | Somali

How to File an Reemployment Assistance Claim brochure English | Spanish | Somali

Administrative Rules and Laws

Administrative Rules of South Dakota on Reemployment Assistance

South Dakota Codified Laws on Reemployment Assistance


Employment Services

View job listings in SDWORKS

View job listings with the State of South Dakota

Contact your Job Service office for help with your employment search and training needs.


Refusal to Return to Work

Workers who have been placed on a temporary layoff but have refused to return to work when recalled by their employer will lose reemployment assistance benefits, except for certain circumstances. See guidance.

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