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Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending Jan. 30

South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation 

123 W. Missouri Ave. 

Pierre, SD 57501 



For Immediate Release: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 
Media Contact: Dawn Dovre, 605-773-3101 or dawn.dovre@state.sd.us


Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending Jan. 30  


PIERRE, S.D. – During the week of Jan. 24-30, a total of 473 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation. This is a decrease of 107 claims from the prior week’s total of 580. 


A total of $1.2 million was paid out in state benefits, in addition to $1.3 million in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), $38,000 in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and $275,000 in Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits. 


The Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund balance was $157.8 million on Jan. 31. 


The latest number of continued state claims is 5,291 for the week ending Jan. 23, an increase of 375 from the prior week’s total of 4,916. This indicates the number of unemployed workers eligible for and receiving benefits after their initial claim. 


Benefits paid since March 16, 2020: 

  • Regular State = $98.7 million 
  • FPUC = $215.0 million 
  • PUA = $18.8 million 
  • PEUC = $5.1 million 


Total = Approximately $337.6 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.