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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on May 19, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in South Dakota, we recommend that you visit the South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation's COVID-19 Resources

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Description of Program and Relief

Reemployment Assistance Program

The Reemployment Assistance (RA) program provides temporary financial assistance for people who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Workers who become unemployed because their employer needs to temporarily shut down or isolate workers due to COVID-19 are potentially eligible to receive benefits.

Government or Lead Agency

South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation

Dates Available

Effective now, and continuing indefinitely

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

Eligibility is generally examined on an individual basis, but the Department of Labor and Regulation has proposed several general COVID-19 related scenarios that are eligible or likely eligible for RA benefits. These scenarios involve workers that have tested positive for COVID-19 and are temporarily unable to work, workers who are out of work because their employer closed due to COVID-19, workers who face hours reductions due to COVID-19, and workers who are sent home because an employer believes they are at risk.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

Claims can be filed online via 24 hours a day, or via telephone at (605) 626-3179.

Customer Service for more information on filing and eligibility: (605) 626-2452.

List of Additional Information

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For information on eligibility, please visit:

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