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South Dakota Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility_RequirementsFor most unemployed workers to be eligible for benefits, they must be able to answer “yes” to each of the following questions:

Did you work for an employer who paid unemployment insurance Unemployment insurance taxes to the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation on wages you earned while working?

  • Are you unemployed or under-employed through no fault of your own?
  • Did you meet the earnings requirements during the base period? (See wage requirements/benefit amount.)
  • Are you able and available for suitable work and actively seeking work for each week you claim benefits?

Generally, if you were fired for reasons other than misconduct connected with your work, you may be eligible. Usually if you quit your job for personal reasons unconnected with your work, you would not be eligible. There are provisions in South Dakota Unemployment Insurance Laws which may allow payment even when you quit your job. Example; leaving your job on the advice of a doctor because the work activity or environment is hazardous to your health. read more

How South Dakota’s Unemployment Insurance Program is Financed
South Dakota’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) is financed by employers through payroll taxes; workers do not pay for this plan.
SD Unemployment Insurance Benefit Claims
Individuals file a claim for Unemployment Insurance benefits weekly

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  1. Please call or visit your local unemployment office for assistance. You can also visit your state unemployment office website, log on to your account and send an email to your benefit manager requesting assistance.

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Unemployment Office Tips:

Tips to help you when visiting your local Unemployment Office:

  • Show Up Early: Your local unemployment office can sometimes be crowded. You must understand that there are a lot of people currently looking for work. So you will find a lot of people filing for benefits.
  • Be prepared to wait: With lots of people at your local unemployment office, if you are late you will have to wait. The best way to avoid the long lines is to get to the office early.
  • Be prepared with your Documents: If you are applying for unemployment benefits be sure to take with you all necessary information such as a job release letter, date of last employment and name of the company.
  • Have a Cool Head: With lots of people at your local unemployment office waiting to be seen it’s easy to get frustrated and loose you cool. Remember that counselors are there to assist you. Keeping a cool head and being courteous will help speed the process along.

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