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Continued State Unemployment Claims Decrease

South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation

123 W. Missouri Ave.

Pierre, SD 57501



For Immediate Release: Thursday, July 9, 2020
Media Contact: Dawn Dovre, 605-773-3101


Continued State Unemployment Claims Decrease


PIERRE, S.D. – The latest number of continued state claims is 17,142 for the week ending June 20, a decrease of 8,044 from the pandemic high of 25,186 for the week ending May 9. This indicates the number of unemployed workers eligible for and receiving benefits after their initial claim.


“I want to remind claimants that not returning to work when there is available work could be considered a refusal of work or voluntary quit, resulting in the loss of benefits,” said state Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman. “Employees absolutely have the right not to go to work, but that is a personal choice and may impact their employment status.”


During the week of June 28 through July 4, a total of 799 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation. This is an increase of 155 claims from the prior week’s total of 644.


A total of $3.0 million was paid out in state benefits, in addition to $9.8 million paid out in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), $628,000 in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and $83,000 in Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits.


The Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund balance July 5 was $126.3 million.


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NOTE: DLR will send out weekly news release updates on new unemployment claims every Thursday after the U.S. Department of Labor publishes the official release at 8:30 a.m. EDT. View at https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/claims_arch.asp.