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South Dakota unemployment claims show a big jump

PIERRE, S.D. – The impact of the coronavirus pandemic can now be seen in the state’s unemployment claims.

During the week of March 15-21, a total of 1,703 initial weekly claims for unemployment benefits were filed with the Department of Labor and Regulation. That’s is an increase of 1,513 claims over the prior week’s total of 190.

State Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman says a large number of employers are announcing COVID-19 related layoffs and she anticipates the number of new unemployment claims will continue to rise.

The department says many variables can affect a worker’s eligibility and an employer’s liability for benefits. Each filing is examined on a case-by-case basis.