Coronavirus Update! -- What South Dakota Residents Need to Know About Unemployment Benefits
As the coronavirus continues to keep businesses closed across the country, the unemployment rate remains high. If you have lost your job in South Dakota, you can apply for unemployment benefits at the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation. Find resources about how unemployment claims relating to COVID-19 will be handled in South Dakota.
As of mid-May 2021, more than 16 million people were collecting some form of unemployment. This figure includes the millions of employees who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and the steps state and local governments have taken to contain it, from orders shutting down nonessential businesses to shelter-in-place restrictions, school closures, and more. It also includes millions of gig workers, contractors, and self-employed people who are collecting unemployment benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.
As explained below, the federal government has created several pandemic unemployment benefit programs, to provide enhanced benefits for a longer period of time to more people who are out of work. However, some states are beginning to cut off federal benefit programs, beginning on June 12.
In May of 2021, Governor Noem announced that South Dakota will stop participation in all federal pandemic unemployment benefit programs effective June 26, 2021. After that date:
- benefits will no longer be available to freelancers, gig workers, contractors, and others through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program
- claimants will no longer receive an additional $300 per week in benefits, and
- claimants will not receive additional weeks of benefits after their state benefits run out.
If You Are Still Employed: Some states provide paid time off that may be available to you. See Am I Entitled to Paid Sick Leave, Family Leave, or Vacation Time in South Dakota to learn more.
Federal and state governments have made changes to their unemployment programs, to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. more...