Am I eligible to receive benefits?
You must be totally or partially unemployed through no fault of your own, and you must have made sufficient wages in your base period (the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters before the week in which you file your application for benefits, or alternatively the last 4 quarters for some). You must have worked a job where your employer paid unemployment insurance tax on your wages. Also, you must be able and available for full-time work.
How do I apply for benefits in South Dakota?
You can apply online or over the phone.
How much will I receive?
Your weekly benefit is 1/26th of the wages paid in the highest quarter of your base period, up to a maximum amount determined by the state's average weekly wage.
How long will I receive these benefits?
The length of time that you will receive benefits is also based on how much you made during the base period, but not more than 26 weeks.
After I start receiving benefits, what do I have to do to remain eligible?
You must continue to file weekly, and you must report to all Department of Labor and Regulations services. Also, you must continue to be able and available for full-time work. You must actively seek employment, making 2 employer contacts each week, while keeping a record of your work search activities (forms to help you with this can be found in the Claimant Handbook). Finally, you must accept suitable work.
I was turned down for benefits. How do I appeal this decision?
Your appeal must be in writing, and it must be submitted within 15 days of the date the decision for denial was mailed to you. It may be submitted by mail or by fax. Also, you must keep filing your weekly claims regularly because you will only be paid for weeks you filed if you win your appeal
For more information on South Dakota's unemployment insurance laws:
Visit the State of South Dakota website.