South Dakota
Unemploy­ment Law


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:

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:


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. 




South Dakota Unemployment Offices

Learn about the self-help resources available to you at South Dakota Job Centers.


South Dakota Unemploy­ment Law

How to Apply for Unemployment - (How to Apply)
Unemployment Benefits Eligibility & Amounts - (Eligibility)
Local Unemployment Office - (Local Resources)
Coronavirus Unemployment Updates - (Coronavirus)
Handling Unemployment Problems - (Problems)
Working With a Lawyer - (Lawyers)