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Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending Nov. 14

South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation

123 W. Missouri Ave.

Pierre, SD 57501



For Immediate Release: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020
Media Contact: Dawn Dovre, 605-773-3101


Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending Nov. 14


PIERRE, S.D. – During the week of Nov. 8-14, a total of 442 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation. This is a decrease of 126 claims from the prior week’s total of 568.


A total of $721,000 was paid out in state benefits, in addition to $366,000 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), $321,000 in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and $194,000 in Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits.


The Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund balance was $123.1 million on Nov. 15.


The latest number of continued state claims is 3,406 for the week ending Nov. 7, a decrease of 450 from the prior week’s total of 3,856. This indicates the number of unemployed workers eligible for and receiving benefits after their initial claim.


Benefits paid since March 16:

  • Regular State = $88.2 million
  • FPUC = $208.9 million
  • PUA = $16.8 million
  • PEUC = $3.0 million


Total = Approximately $316.9 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.