No more coronavirus excuses: as the feds cut off the $600 unemployment checks that have been helping millions of out-of-work Americans survive the pandemic recession, South Dakota is restoring is work-search requirements for folks on unemployment. Starting Saturday, August 1, folks getting those reduced unemployment checks will have to resume submitting to Pierre evidence that they’ve looked for at least two jobs each week. “Looking” means “submitting a job application online or in-person, attending a job interview, or participating in a DLR-approved reemployment services program, such as a job search workshop.”
Secretary of Labor and Regulation Marcia Hultman says South Dakota has all sorts of jobs to look for:
“Our SDWORKS jobs database at sdjobs.org has over 19,000 listings to search,” said Secretary Hultman. “Employment specialists can meet with you virtually to help navigate the system and determine the best fit based on your needs, interests and experience” [South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, press release, 2020.07.23].
At last count there were 18,722 individuals with continued claims for unemployment benefits. But according to DLR’s stats, there are 33,471 South Dakotans out of work. So South Dakota is about 14,000 jobs short of giving everyone something to do for pay.