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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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