South Dakotans seeking unemployment benefits still rising

June 19, 2020

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The number of South Dakotans applying for unemployment benefits continues to rise.

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation said Thursday that during the week of June 7-13 there were 1,006 initial weekly unemployment.

That’s an increase from 880 initial weekly claims made the week prior.

The state has received more than 53,000 initial claims for unemployment benefits since mid-March when layoffs began to steadily increase because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Nationwide, there were 1.5 million initial weekly unemployment claims last week, which was a decrease of 58,000 from the week of May 31.