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South Dakota Unemployment Phone Numbers

If you become unemployed, you may file a claim for unemployment insurance by calling the Call Center at 605.626.3179. The Call Center operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. (CST).

Speech and hearing impaired applicants may call the Relay Service of South Dakota at 800.877.1113. The toll-free number can be used to establish a new or reopen an existing intrastate or interstate claim.

All other calls should be directed to the Benefit section at 605.626.2452.

Your claim should be filed in the 1st week that you become totally or partially unemployed. A delay may cost you benefits. Be advised, the Call Center experiences a high volume of calls on Mondays. Your wait time may be shorter by calling Tuesday through Thursday. As long as you call before the close of the business day on Friday, you will receive credit for the week. The Call Center is closed on state holidays.

If you worked in a state other than South Dakota and now live in South Dakota, an interstate claim can be filed against the state where you worked. In most states, you can file your claim by calling the state directly. Filing information, including telephone numbers to call, can be obtained by contacting the Call Center at 605.626.3179. The state where you worked will make all determinations on your eligibility according to its laws and regulations.

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