Another Big Week For SD Initial Unemployment Claims Posted by John Axtell Date: April 17, 2020 4 Views PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says historic levels of unemployment are plaguing the state’s workforce. Over 6,000 claims for jobless benefits were filed this past week, on top of the 8100 claims the previous week. Noem expects the numbers to go up even more next week when the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, part of the America Cares Act coronavirus incentive package, goes online. It offers jobless benefits to people who have not qualified before, such as those who are self-employed, independent contractors, or part-time workers.