State of South Dakota ending participation in federal pandemic-related unemployment programs


The state of South Dakota will be ending its participation in the federal pandemic-related unemployment assistance programs at the end of this week. The Department of Labor and Regulation will continue to pay regular state claims.

Since March 16 of 2020, South Dakotans have received a total of nearly $385 million in unemployment benefits.

During the week of June 13-19, a total of 199 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the state. That’s 107 fewer claims than the prior week.

The latest number of continued state claims is 2,346 for the week ending June 12, an increase of 381 claims from the prior week’s total of 1,965.


June 25, 2021