Workers impacted by flooding may qualify for unemployment

The Department of Labor and Regulation reminds workers who have been laid off as a result of flood-related issues they may be eligible for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.

�Some businesses have been forced to close because of flooding,� said State Labor and Regulation Secretary Pam Roberts.  �If affected employees meet certain eligibility guidelines and monetary wage requirements, they may qualify for benefits.�

UI benefits provide a temporary source of income to people who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own until they find other work.  Per statutory requirement, claimants must serve a one week waiting period before receiving benefit payments.

People can file claims online at www.sd.uiclaims.com or by calling 605-626-3179 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. (CDT).

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