South Dakota Unemployment Guide

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Where to Apply for Unemployment Benefits

Apply for Unemployment

Unemployment Checklist

What information and documents you need.

  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s license number or other state identification number
  • Your employment history for the last 18 months, including:
  • Each employer’s name, address and phone number
  • Dates of employment (month and year)
  • Pay rate
  • Reason you are no longer working for the employer
  • The name and local number of your union hall, if you obtain work through the union.
  • Your Alien Registration Number if you are not a U.S. Citizen.
  • Your SF-8 and SF-50 forms if you are a federal employee.
  • Your DD214 if you served in the military.
  • If you worked for Non-South Dakota employers you must have an accurate mailing address and telephone number for them.

South Dakota Benefits Calculator

Your weekly benefit is 1/26th of the wages paid in the highest quarter of your base period, up to a maximum amount determined by the state’s average weekly wage. Your wages in this high quarter must be at least $728.

Also, your wages in the other three quarters of your base period must be at least 20 times your weekly benefit.

The maximum amount payable in your benefit year is one-third of your total base period wages, but not more than 26 times your weekly benefit.


Filing Schedule by Last Name

A-F Monday

G-N Tuesday

O-Z Wednesday

If you missed your day, you can file Thursday or Friday.

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