Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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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.

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.

All federal unemployment pandemic programs have ended in South Dakota. PUA claimants had until the week ending Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, to upload proof of employment/self-employment or commencement of employment/self-employment documentation.




Read the RA Handbook

Our Facts About Reemployment Assistance Claimant Handbook, contains instructions and answers to many of your questions. You are responsible for reading and knowing the requirements and following the rules.

Questions?

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

Once you log into your reemployment assistance account, select the Electronic Correspondence option if you wish to receive RA correspondence electronically. Any correspondence received in the mail prior to signing up will not be available through electronic correspondence.

Reemployment Assistance Quick Links

Eligibility

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

Appeals


Resources

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

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

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.

 

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 DLRRADivision@state.sd.us

DLR will continue to pay regular State claims. 

View our federal pandemic unemployment programs archival information.

Refusal to Return to Work

Workers who have been placed on a temporary layoff related to COVID-19 but have refused to return to work when recalled by their employer will lose unemployment 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
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