Marcia Hultman

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Unemployment Insurance Benefits - Furloughed Federal Workers

Federal Shutdown - UI Benefits for Furloughed Workers

Federal employees in South Dakota who have been furloughed can file for Unemployment Insurance benefits.

How to file

  • File online 24 hours a day, seven days a week at www.sd.uiclaims.com
  • Call 605.626.3179 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. (CST). Speech and hearing impaired applicants can call 800.877.1113.

In anticipation of long wait times due to the volume of calls, it is recommended that individuals file online.

Individuals will need the following information to file:

  • Social Security Number
  • Employment information such as employer’s name, address and phone number
  • Copies of their SF-8 and SF-50 forms (if available)

Our Things to Know Before You File a Claim for Benefits contains additional information for anyone filing for benefits.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take for me to receive benefits?

The claim application mentions a job search requirement. Do I have to search for a job while furloughed?

What if I am working but not getting paid?

Do I have to serve a waiting week?

What happens if I receive back pay after the shutdown has ended?

When filing for unemployment benefits, there is no option to select ‘furloughed’ or similar. What should I choose?

I am a federal contractor that is affected by the federal shutdown. Should I file for unemployment benefits?

How do I cancel my claim once I return to work?

How long will it take for me to receive benefits?

Processing your claim can take three to four weeks to complete.

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The claim application mentions a job search requirement. Do I have to search for a job while furloughed?

Federal employees who are separated as a result of the government shutdown are considered job-attached and will not be required to conduct a job search during the furlough.

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What if I am working but not getting paid?

Federal employees who are required to work during the shutdown but are not getting paid are not eligible to file for unemployment.

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Do I have to serve a waiting week?

Yes. The first week you are eligible for benefits on a claim is a mandatory unpaid waiting week.

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What happens if I receive back pay after the shutdown has ended?

If Congress reaches an agreement that includes back pay for furloughed time, federal workers will be responsible for paying back any unemployment benefits received during that time. If you have already requested payment of unemployment benefits and you then receive payment from your government job, you must provide detailed information about the compensation you received, including dates and gross amounts.

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When filing for unemployment benefits, there is no option to select ‘furloughed’ or similar. What should I choose?

If you are currently not working due to the federal government shutdown and for no other reason, when prompted to enter a reason for separation, select "Lack of Work." The application will ask you to indicate the name of the person who notified you and what reason you were given. At that time you can type in that it was due to the federal government shutdown.

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I am a federal contractor that is affected by the federal shutdown. Should I file for unemployment benefits?

Filing for unemployment benefits during the shutdown is a personal choice. If you file and later receive back pay for hours worked during the shutdown, you will be required to repay any unemployment benefits you received.

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How do I cancel my claim once I return to work?

When you return to work, simply stop filing your weekly reports. Once you haven’t filed for four consecutive weeks, your claim will go inactive. Even though you are no longer claiming, be sure to keep your contact information up to date to receive year-end tax information.

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For more information, please see the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) web page.

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