Apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits in the State of South Dakota Online using this service.

In South Dakota, the UI program has been renamed as Reemployment Assistance. 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.

FAQs

What information is required to file for unemployment benefits in South Dakota?

You will need the following information to file a claim for reemployment assistance benefits:

  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s license number or other state identification number
  • Your employment history for the last 18 months, including:
    • Each employer’s name, address and phone number
    • Dates of employment (month and year)
    • Pay rate
    • Reason you are no longer working for the employer
  • The name and local number of your union hall, if you obtain work through the union.
  • Your Alien Registration Number if you are not a U.S. Citizen.
  • Your SF-8 and SF-50 forms if you are a federal employee.
  • Your DD214 if you served in the military.
  • If you worked for Non-South Dakota employers you must have an accurate mailing address and telephone number for them.

How can I file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits in South Dakota?

You can file a claim for unemployment benefits online or by telephone. 

  • Filing online is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can access the online portal by clicking FILE NOW option above. 
  • 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.

It is recommended that you 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.

Apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits in the State of South Dakota Online using this service.

In South Dakota, the UI program has been renamed as Reemployment Assistance. 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.

FAQs

What information is required to file for unemployment benefits in South Dakota?

You will need the following information to file a claim for reemployment assistance benefits:

  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s license number or other state identification number
  • Your employment history for the last 18 months, including:
    • Each employer’s name, address and phone number
    • Dates of employment (month and year)
    • Pay rate
    • Reason you are no longer working for the employer
  • The name and local number of your union hall, if you obtain work through the union.
  • Your Alien Registration Number if you are not a U.S. Citizen.
  • Your SF-8 and SF-50 forms if you are a federal employee.
  • Your DD214 if you served in the military.
  • If you worked for Non-South Dakota employers you must have an accurate mailing address and telephone number for them.

How can I file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits in South Dakota?

You can file a claim for unemployment benefits online or by telephone. 

  • Filing online is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can access the online portal by clicking FILE NOW option above. 
  • 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.

It is recommended that you 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.