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Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending April 3

South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation 

123 W. Missouri Ave. 

Pierre, SD 57501 



For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 8, 2021 
Media Contact: Dawn Dovre or 605-773-3101


Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending April 3


PIERRE, S.D. – During the week of March 28-April 3, a total of 243 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation. This is a decrease of 56 claims from the prior week’s total of 299. 


The latest number of continued state claims is 3,792 for the week ending March 27, a decrease of 1,057 from the prior week’s total of 4,849. This indicates the number of unemployed workers eligible for and receiving benefits after their initial claim. 


For week ending April 3, a total of $1 million was paid out in state benefits, in addition to $1.3 million in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), $90,000 in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and $299,000 in Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits. 


The Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund balance was $151.6 million on April 4. 


 Benefits paid since March 16, 2020: 

  • Regular State = $110 million 
  • FPUC = $228.4 million 
  • PUA = $19.9 million 
  • PEUC = $7.8 million 


Total = Approximately $366.1 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.