South Dakota

South Dakota Online Unemployment

The United States economy has struggled in recent years. As a result, many Americans face financial hardship. Of those in crisis, many are unemployed. The United States government has unemployment agencies that provide monetary assistance to those that become unemployed through no fault of their own. In South Dakota, the Department of Labor and Regulation provides unemployment services online.

Unemployment Service Online

Filing for unemployment in South Dakota is simple. You must visit the Depart of Labor and Regulation website at In order to file for unemployment online, you will need the following:

  • Your name, address and contact phone number
  • Your social security number
  • The starting and ending dates of all employment you held in the past 18 months.
  • Reason for separation from all jobs you held in the past 18 months (ex. fired, quit, laid-off, etc.)
  • Form DD214 (for those who served in the military)
  • Alien registration number (for non-citizens)

Online Unemployment Filing

Once you have compiled the above information, you are ready to start your online unemployment claim. The application is simple and most applicants can complete the entire process in about half an hour. You should expect to answer questions related to your contact information and job history. If you have questions, be sure to read the FAQ page of the website. The most commonly asked questions are included there along with answers. If you have a question or concern not listed on the FAQ page, call the customer service center at (605) 626-3179.

Once you have submitted your online unemployment claim, you will be contacted once it has been processed. If the department needs further information to process your claim, they will contact you. It is pertinent that you update the department concerning any changes in your contact information. You do not want your claim to be delayed due to incorrect contact information or lack of sufficient information to process your claim.

If you are deemed eligible to receive benefits, you will need to re-certify for benefits each week that you remain unemployed. The re-certification process is simple and requires you to visit the same website on which you filed your initial claim. You must answer only a few questions concerning your job search and employment status in order to re-certify each week.

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