Department of Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment Insurance Benefits - Updates

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available

As a result of the Presidential Disaster Declaration (FEMA 4155-DR), South Dakota workers who lost their jobs, and self-employed individuals and farmworkers who have been unable to work due to the severe winter storm, snow storm and flooding that occurred Oct. 3-16, 2013 may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).

DUA is available for eligible individuals in Butte, Corson, Custer, Dewey, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Perkins, Shannon and Ziebach counties and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne River Reservation within Dewey and Ziebach counties and the Oglala Sioux Tribe within Jackson and Shannon counties.

Individuals whose employment has been affected should contact the Unemployment Insurance Call Center at 605.626.3179 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. CST to find out if they qualify and to file for benefits. Please specify your claim is related to DUA and the winter storm. Claims must be filed by Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, to be considered timely. Any claims filed after this date will be considered untimely, unless the individual provides good cause for filing after this date. The first possible week of compensation for DUA purposes is week ending Oct. 12, 2013, and the last possible week of compensation is week ending May 10, 2014.

posted Nov. 18, 2013

EUC Benefits Reduced

South Dakota will reduce the total amount of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits paid by 7.2 percent. This adjustment is to meet the federal requirement for fiscal year 2014 sequestration required by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

The reduction affects all claimants filing for EUC benefits beginning the week of Sept. 29, 2013, and ending the week of Dec. 28, 2013. Amended monetary determinations will be sent the first week of October.

Individuals are still eligible for up to 14 weeks of extended benefits.

posted October 1, 2013

2013 Legislative Update: UI Benefit Fraud

A claimant who commits fraud must repay the UI benefits. If you committed fraud to secure or increase benefits a penalty of 50 percent of the amount of benefits obtained by fraud is applied for the first offense and a 100 percent penalty is applied for each subsequent offense. The department shall also impose four weeks of administrative penalty for each week that an individual willfully or fraudulently misrepresents a fact to secure or increase benefits. There is no expiration of this penalty and benefits will be denied during this penalty period.

posted May 28, 2013

Sequestration Reduces Extended Unemployment Benefits

South Dakota will be reducing extended unemployment compensation (EUC) benefits by 16.8 percent as part of the federal sequestration cuts required by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

This reduction does not impact the 26 weeks of state unemployment benefits. It does affect all claimants filing for EUC benefits beginning the week of June 2, 2013, and ending the week of Sept. 28, 2013. The cuts do not affect EUC benefits for weeks prior to June 2, 2013. Individuals will still be eligible for up to 14 weeks of extended benefits.

A notice of the upcoming reduction will be mailed to all claimants who have an active EUC claim as of May 13. Amended monetary determinations will be sent the first week of June.

posted May 14, 2013

Extended unemployment compensation

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the legislation passed by Congress to extend unemployment benefits for jobless Americans. Eligibility to start new extended unemployment compensation (EUC) claims will now continue until December 28, 2013, for most applicants. The extension does not increase the number of weeks that may be paid to unemployed workers. Workers who exhaust their regular claims after that date will not be eligible unless Congress acts to extend the program.

posted January 3, 2013

Federal Employees on Furlough May be Eligible for Benefits

For information on eligibility requirements, read the Facts About Unemployment Insurance booklet (available here in Adobe .pdf format). Unemployment insurance benefits claims can be filed online at 24 hours a day, seven days a week or by calling the Call Center at 605.626.3179. The Call Center operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. (Central Time).

posted April 16, 2012

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Marcia Hultman, Secretary
123 W. Missouri Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-4505
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184