What You Need to Know About Unemployment Benefits in South Dakota
This site provides clear, accurate information on collecting unemployment benefits in South Dakota, including:
- whether you are eligible for benefits
- how to apply for benefits
- how much you'll get (and how long your benefits will last)
- what you'll have to do to keep collecting benefits, and
- what to do if your application is denied.
Here are three key things to keep in mind as you get started:
1. You can apply for benefits -- and find helpful resources -- at the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, Division of Reemployment Assistance website.
Before you file for unemployment, you may want to learn more by reading our articles on benefit amounts, who qualifies for benefits, and so on. Once you're ready to file, you can do it online. And, you can find detailed information and resources at the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, Division of Reemployment Assistance website, including:
- South Dakota's online portal where you can file your claim for benefits
- the File a Weekly Request for Payment page, where you can learn how to file your weekly claims for benefits in South Dakota once your application is approved
- Work Search Requirements, which explains the work search requirements you will have to meet in South Dakota in order to keep receiving benefits
- Facts About Reemployment Assistance Benefits, a detailed guide to collecting unemployment in South Dakota, and
- information about how and when to file an appeal in South Dakota if your application for benefits is denied.
2. Eligibility rules, benefit amounts, and duration differ from state to state.
Unemployment insurance works pretty much the same everywhere: Employers pay into a fund or purchase insurance, then former employees receive benefits when they lose their jobs. But the rules about who qualifies for unemployment, how long unemployment lasts, and especially how much you will receive in benefits vary a lot from state to state.
Our site covers every state and the District of Columbia; this page gives you information specific to South Dakota.
3. You may be eligible for benefits even if you quit, you were fired for cause, or you are still working part-time.
Some people mistakenly believe that unemployment is available only to employees who are laid off. However, you don't have to lose your job in a layoff to qualify for benefits. The key question is whether you are out of work without fault on your part. So, if you were forced to quit your job in lieu of being fired, or you were fired because you don't have the necessary skills for your job, you could still be eligible for benefits.
Learn about the self-help resources available to you at South Dakota Job Centers.
South Dakota Unemployment Law
What You Need to Know About Unemployment Benefits in South DakotaEach state has its own rules on eligibility, benefits amounts, applying for benefits, and more.
How Do I Apply for Unemployment Benefits in South Dakota?Learn how to apply for unemployment benefits in South Dakota, what information you'll need to complete the application, and what steps to take after you apply.
Checklist: Information You'll Need to File for UnemploymentFind out what you will need on hand to apply for unemployment benefits in South Dakota and where to go for a complete list.
What Do I Have to Do to Keep Receiving Unemployment Benefits in South Dakota?Learn the requirements for continuing to receive unemployment benefits in South Dakota and how and where to apply for weekly unemployment benefits.
Am I Eligible for Unemployment Benefits in South Dakota?To qualify for unemployment benefits in South Dakota, you must meet a minimum earnings requirement and you must be unemployed through no fault of your own.
How Much Will I Collect in Unemployment Benefits in South Dakota?Learn the formula South Dakota uses to calculate your unemployment benefits, as well as the minimum and maximum amounts you can collect.
How Long Will My Unemployment Benefits Last in South Dakota?Find out how many weeks of unemployment benefits are available in South Dakota; pandemic emergency unemployment compensation is covered, too.
Current Minimum and Maximum Benefit Amounts in South DakotaFind out the weekly unemployment benefit limits in South Dakota.
South Dakota Unemployment OfficeFind the nearest unemployment offices in Your County, and how to reach them
Coronavirus Unemployment Benefits No Longer AvailableWhat you should know about collecting unemployment if you are out of work due to COVID-19.
COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits in South Dakota FAQGet answers to common questions about unemployment for those who have lost work due to COVID-19.
Can I Collect Unemployment Benefits in South Dakota If I Was Wrongfully Terminated?If you were fired for illegal reasons, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits.
Can I Appeal a Denial of Unemployment Benefits in South Dakota?Find out how to appeal if your unemployment benefits claim is denied by the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, Division of Reemployment Assistance.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Get Unemployment Benefits in South Dakota?Find out how and when to consider hiring a lawyer to help with your unemployment claim.
Paying an Unemployment Lawyer in South DakotaLearn about costs in an unemployment claim or appeal in South Dakota.
How Can I Find an Unemployment Lawyer in South Dakota?Use these resources to find an unemployment attorney in South Dakota.