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South Dakota Unemployment Benefits Information

We are an online resource to help answer your questions, check eligibility and assist in applying for Unemployment. You will also be advised if you qualify for additional benefit programs and receive our benefit guide.

How Are Unemployment Benefits Calculated in South Dakota?

Benefits are calculated by taking your highest earning calendar quarter and dividing it by 26. For example, if your total pay was $2600 in the highest three-month quarter, then your weekly benefit amount would be $100. Amounts vary depending on your total yearly income and the number of members residing in the household.


How Long Does It Take to Receive Unemployment Benefits in South Dakota? 

After filing an unemployment benefits claim, it can take up to three or four weeks to receive your first payment.