Unemployment Insurance initial weekly claims increase in the past week

During the week of March 29 through April 4, a total of 7,916 initial weekly claims for unemployment benefits were filed with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation. This is an increase of 1,115 claims over the prior week’s total (6,801).

Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman says the Department is now issuing the additional $600 weekly extended unemployment benefit as a provision of the CARES Act. She says claimants don’t need to ask for this specifically, but must still file a regular weekly request for payment once the week is over on Saturdays at midnight.