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Unemployment Claimants Must Request Weekly Payment

South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation

123 W. Missouri Ave.

Pierre, SD 57501



For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 1, 2020    
Media Contact: Dawn Dovre, 605-773-3094    


Unemployment Claimants Must Request Weekly Payment 


PIERRE, S.D. –  The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) reminds unemployment insurance claimants to request a weekly payment by calling 605-626-3212 after 6 p.m. CDT or by filing online at RAclaims.sd.gov any time.


Benefits are not automatically paid out, even though the work search requirement is currently waived.


“The claim week begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday at midnight,” said state Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman. “Your weekly request for payment will be filed for the previous week, and you cannot file for the week until it is over.”


Video tutorials have been created on the weekly request process and on other quick links and options available to a claimant when logged in, such as updating addresses or changing payment methods. Visit https://bit.ly/UIpayment for these videos and more.


To ensure benefits are not denied, be sure to file a weekly request for payment in a timely manner. Claimants have seven days from the end of the week to file for the previous week. All weekly requests for payment are recorded at Central Daylight Time (CDT).


If a claimant does not file a weekly request for payment within that one week filing time, they will need to call Customer Service at 605-626-2452. To cancel a claim, email your name and last four digits of Social Security number to CancelRA@state.sd.us.


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