South Dakota Unemployment Calculator

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We created this calculator to aid you evaluate what you might obtain if you are entitled. We make no promises that the sum you receive will be equal to what the calculator illustrates.

Unemployment Benefits Calculator
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To apply for South Dakota unemployment benefits click here

The most recent figures for South Dakota show an unemployment rate of 2.7%.

Non-Monetary Eligibility Requirements

You can collect benefits if you meet a series of legal eligibility requirements:

  • Have earned qualifying wages
  • Are unemployed through no fault of their own
  • Are able and obtainable to work full-time and
  • Are keenly looking for full-time work

In addition to having adequate earnings, you must meet other eligibility benefits to be entitled for UI benefits. Some instances of issues that may influence eligibility for UI benefits comprise:

  • Reason for job separation
  • Proper weekly claim filing
  • School attendance
  • Self employment or corporate offices
  • Strike or labor disputes
  • Denial of a job offer
  • Alien status
  • School employee
  • Illness or injury
  • Professional athlete

More details on UI eligibility can be found in the unemployment eligibility article.

Monetary Eligibility Requirements

South Dakota unemployment benefits range between $28 and $402 per week. Eligibility requires a minimum amount of earnings in a “base period.” Your claim is based on wages paid from an employer who has paid taxes on your wages. The specific weekly amount is determined by a formula that considers the wages earned during each quarter of the base period.

Your weekly benefit is 1/26th of the wages paid in the highest quarter of your base period, up to a maximum weekly benefit amount determined by the state’s average weekly wage. Your wages in the highest quarter of your base period must be at least $728.

For more information on unemployment eligibility, visit article.

How long will I receive benefits:

Usually, most states permit an individual to obtain unemployment for a maximum of 26 weeks, or half the benefit the benefit year. A few states have standardized benefit duration, while most have different durations depending upon the worker. In a state with varied duration, it is probable that the benefit year may include less than 26 payable weeks.

The calculation is normally which us smaller: 26xWBA or 1/3 BPW. WBA is the Weekly Benefit Amount, so 26xWBA would be the regular week program. 1/3 BPW refers to the Base Period Wages, so if a person did not succeed to earn more than 3 times the standard benefit amount, they will be suitable for fewer weeks of coverage.

How much weekly benefit will I receive:

You can guess your Potential Benefits Online. Your weekly benefit amount and the number of weeks of entitlement to benefits are based on the wages you were paid and amount of time you worked during your base period. The weekly benefit amount is calculated by dividing the sum of the wages earned during the highest quarter of the base period by 26, rounded down to the next lower whole dollar. The result cannot exceed the utmost weekly benefit permitted by rule.

The base period is the term used to describe the time frame used as the basis for deciding whether or not you will be monetarily eligible for unemployment.

How are Benefits Calculated:

Once you make out how the unemployment are calculated, you will have a fair idea of how much you could receive per week or per benefit period if you were to lose your job. This is significant when you think taking unemployment or searching another job.

Unemployment is computed and one half of what your weekly pay was at the time of the discharge up to your state's maximum benefit. You will have to verify with your state's unemployment office to see what the highest payout for your state is. For further details refer unemployment benefits article.

Recently Asked Questions:

Is money withheld from my wages to pay for UI benefits like for Social Security?
No, UI benefits come from a tax paid by your employer(s) on your wages. Nothing is ever withheld from your check to pay for UI benefits.

What can I do if I disagree with a decision regarding my claim?

The determination notice you disagree with will explain how and when to appeal if you disagree. Please read these decisions carefully as soon as they are received, as your appeal rights expire within 15 days. You must appeal in writing. You may mail your appeal to the following address:

SD Unemployment Insurance Appeals P.O. Box 4730 Aberdeen, SD 57402-4730

Be sure to include your Social Security number and explain the reason for your appeal.

Are unemployment insurance benefits taxable?
Yes. Unemployment insurance benefits are subject to federal income tax law. You can opt to have taxes automatically deducted from your benefits. Both you and the Internal Revenue Service will receive a year-end statement (Form 1099-G) indicating the amount of UI benefits paid to you.

Will my employer be notified if I file for benefits?
Yes. Each employer is requested to verify dates and the reason for separation.

How long will it take before I receive my first payment?
Your claim should be filed in the first week that you become totally or partially unemployed. You may contact the Call Center at 605.626.3179 or file on the Internet at 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.

How do I report a change of address?

If you are changing your address within South Dakota, you may complete the claimant change of name and address form located in your blue book. Or click here for the claimant change of name and address form in Adobe .pdf format*. You may also change your address online at or by calling 605.626.3179. If you do not contact us about your address change immediately, you may lose benefits.

If you are changing your address from South Dakota to another state, or if you are changing your address back to South Dakota from another state, you may change your address online at or by calling 605.626.3179. If you do not contact us about your address change immediately, you may lose benefits.

Can benefit checks be directly deposited into a bank account?
Benefit payments will be issued to a U.S. Bank ReliaCard® Visa® debit card, which will be mailed when the unemployment insurance claim is filed. A direct deposit option is also available.

Do I need to search for work?
The unemployment insurance division will notify you when you file your claim if you are required to search for work. If your on-call status changes while you are filing your claim, this agency will notify you if you need to start searching for work. Please keep a detailed record of your work search in the back of your blue guidebook "Facts About Unemployment Insurance Benefits."

What if I worked in more than one state?
Be sure to notify your claims taker when you file by phone. If all of your base period wages were earned outside of South Dakota, you may call the Call Center at 605.626.3179 to obtain telephone numbers to that state. Most states will take your claim when you call the state directly.

Can I quit a job, or be fired from a job, and still receive unemployment insurance benefits?
If you quit your job or were fired, you may be disqualified from benefits.