Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet South Dakota's eligibility requirements.
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have worked in South Dakota during the past 12 to 18 months and have earned at least a minimum amount of wages as determined by our guidelines. You must also be able to work and available for work each week that you are collecting benefits.
To apply for South Dakota unemployment benefits, you may file a claim at www.sd.uiclaims.com. The website may be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You may also file by telephone Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. (CST) at 605-626-3179. (Speech- and hearing-impaired applicants may call 800-877-1113.)