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Unemployment Insurance

Services for Individuals - Unemployment Insurance Benefits


What are unemployment insurance benefits?

Unemployment insurance 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. Unemployment insurance 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 unemployment benefits, it is your responsibility to return to the workforce as quickly as you can.

How to file a claim for unemployment insurance 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. (CST). 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.

Questions about unemployment insurance

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

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

Unemployment Insurance Quick Links


Eligibility Requirements

Your Responsibilities as the Claimant

File a Claim for Benefits

File a Weekly Certification

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

Frequently Asked Questions about the Debit Card (Adobe PDF format)

Wage Requirements - Benefit Amount

Other Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about UI Benefits



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

10 Things You Should Know about Unemployment Insurance rack card

Common Mistakes Made by Unemployment Insurance Claimants rack card

Facts About Unemployment Insurance Claimant Handbook

Quick File Guide for Unemployment Insurance Benefits

South Dakota Codified Laws on Unemployment Compensation (website)

Contact Us

Unemployment Insurance 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