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 that is 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.

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). Speech and hearing impaired applicants can call 800.877.1113. Select the File a Claim for Benefits quick link below to learn more about how to file a claim and access our online filing system. 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.

News & 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.

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