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South Dakota Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Program Description

Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet South Dakota's eligibility requirements.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have worked in South Dakota during the past 12 to 18 months and have earned at least a minimum amount of wages as determined by our guidelines. You must also be able to work and available for work each week that you are collecting benefits.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To apply for South Dakota unemployment benefits, you may file a claim at The website may be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You may also file by telephone Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. (CST) at 605-626-3179. (Speech- and hearing-impaired applicants may call 800-877-1113.)

Program Contact Information

For more information, please visit our website at

To speak with a representative about this program call 605-626-2452 or contact us by mail at:
Unemployment Insurance Division
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
PO Box 4730, Aberdeen, SD 57402-4730.