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Department of Labor and Regulation, South Dakota

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The Department of Labor and Regulation is an agency in South Dakota.

The purpose of the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is to provide services to individuals and businesses that promote economic opportunity and financial security, and ensure best business practices and equitable employment. DLR administers the state's Unemployment Insurance (UI) and provides labor market information.[1]

Budget

Budget and expenditure information can be found in the DLR annual reports and can also be accessed through the state's official transparency website, OpenSD:[2]

Fiscal Year 2012 Department Budget

FUNDS/EXPENDITURES ACTUAL FY 2009 ACTUAL FY 2010 BUDGETED FY 2011 REQUESTED FY 2012 GOVERNOR'S RECOMMENDED FY 2012 RECOMMENDED INC/(DEC) FY 2012
FUNDING SOURCE
General Funds 872,003 872,003 876,167 788,550 771,983 (104,184)
Federal Funds 33,396,440 35,040,340 34,827,066 35,095,252 34,942,651 115,585
Other Funds 10,766,442 10,801,059 11,898,383 11,332,490 11,226,574 (671,809)
Total 45,034,886 46,713,402 47,601,616 47,216,292 46,941,208 (660,408)
EXPENDITURE DETAIL
Personal Services 23,646,188 22,457,655 24,439,097 24,103,690 24,027,659 (411,438)
Operating Expenses 21,388,698 24,255,747 23,162,519 23,112,602 22,913,549 (248,970)
Total 45,034,886 46,713,402 47,601,616 47,216,292 46,941,208 (660,408)

Fiscal Year 2012 Unemployment Insurance Services Budget

FUNDS/EXPENDITURES ACTUAL FY 2009 ACTUAL FY 2010 BUDGETED FY 2011 REQUESTED FY 2012 GOVERNOR'S RECOMMENDED FY 2012 RECOMMENDED INC/(DEC) FY 2012
FUNDING SOURCE
General Funds 0 0 0 0 0 0
Federal Funds 4,750,708 3,889,755 4,952,084 4,952,084 4,952,084 0
Other Funds 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4,750,708 3,889,755 4,952,084 4,952,084 4,952,084 0
EXPENDITURE DETAIL
Personal Services 4,216,342 3,714,227 4,276,360 4,276,360 4,276,360 0
Operating Expenses 534,366 175,528 675,724 675,724 675,724 0
Total 4,750,708 3,889,755 4,952,084 4,952,084 4,952,084 0

The DLR also received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds:[3]

Grant/Program Title Estimated Allotment Total Paid (to date)
Employment and Re-employment Services/Wagner-Peyser Funded Activities $2,758,469.00 $1,990,084.69
Senior Community Service Employment Program $164,588.00 $160,311.37
State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP) and Training Grants $2,500,000.00 $1,152,744.80
UI - Federal Additional Compensation and Emergency Unemployment Compensation $40,000,000.00 and EUC funding as needed $44,687,308.62
WIA Adult Job Training, Youth Activities and Dislocated Workers $5,106,265.00 $5,013,835.56

Per the department's 2010 Annual Report,[4] fund sources and expenditures for 2009 and 2010 were as follows:

Department of Labor Fund Sources

Department of Labor Fund Sources 2009 2010
General Funds (state general fund appropriation) $847,448 $847,448
Federal Funds - Federal Grants $34,311,051 $35,040,339
Federal Funds - ARRA Stimulus Funds $8,029,322 $6,124,500
Other Funds (licensing board & workers’ compensation fees) $3,159,690 $2,895,158
Total $46,347,511 $44,936,164
Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund - Employer Contributions $26,200,000 $55,790,229
Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund - Federal Grant $5,882,545 $32,080,460
DOL Retirement Plan Fund (employee/employer contributions & investment earnings) $48,578,014 $48,578,014
Department of Labor Annual Expenditures 2009 2010
Personnel $18,570,345 $17,071,110
Operating Expenses $8,654,112 $8,598,372
Job Training, Adult Education & Literacy Client Services $10,052,634 $13,138,017
Total $37,277,091 $38,807,499
Unemployment Insurance Benefits (state only) $45,867,612 $55,174,455
DOL Retirement Plan, Retiree Benefits $3,514,289 $3,550,699

Programs

DLR programs include employment services such as:[5]

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which assists unemployed workers on SNAP in finding jobs.
  • Layoff assistance
  • Local South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation offices
  • SDWORKS, a job database for job seekers and applicant database for employers
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which is a program specifically for low-income seniors (age 55 and older) that provides training, counseling and community service assignments before transitioning into the workforce
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program

DLR administers the state's Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, which provide temporary financial assistance for people who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Through the department, unemployed workers and employers can obtain UI information, file claims, weekly certifications, and appeals, report fraud, and obtain necessary forms and tax information.[6]

The state's Workers' Compensation (WC) program is also run by DLR and provides insurance that pays medical and disability benefits for work-related injuries and diseases. Through DLR, workers and employers can obtain WC information, regulations, and forms, find case decisions, get compensation rates and coverage information, report injuries, and report fraud.[7]

The DLR also manages the state's Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program, which provides a federal income tax credit to employers for hiring individuals in targeted groups that typically experience high rates of unemployment, including ex-felons, TANF recipients, and qualifying veterans.[8]

DLR also offers Workforce Education and Training programs,[9] and priority training and employment services to Veterans.[10]

The Department also provides information regarding, and regulates, labor employment laws, such as minimum wage requirements, youth labor laws, unemployment insurance, types of employment, termination, foreign labor, and labor disputes.[11]

DLR's Labor Market Information services collects and analyzes data for public regarding employment levels, unemployment rates, wage and earnings data, labor and employment projections, workforce demographics, and jobs, occupations, and career and trends.[12]

The DLR 2010 Annual Report includes data for the department programs.[4]

Unemployment Insurance Statistics

Benefits 2009 2010
Applications for Benefits 31,156 31,172
Total Number of Weekly Payments 178,572 224,141
Number of Individuals Who Received Benefits 15,473 14,471
Dollars Paid Out
State Benefits $45,867,612 $55,170,000
Federal Claims $9,785,000 $32,100,000
Total $55,655,000 $87,270,000
Average Number of Weekly Payments per Claimant 11.5 15.2
Maximum Weekly Payment $309 $314
Average Weekly Payment $252 $254

Workers' Compensation Activities

Workers’ Compensation Activities 2009 2010
Pre-hearing Conferences Held 120 96
Agreements Approved
State Files 130 116
Hearing Files 157 137
Permanent Partial Disabilities Approved 616 613
First Report of Injuries Received 22,019 21,951
Money Collected
Searches, copies, mailing $51,001 $62,544
Wage & Hour $70,782 $52,946

Veterans' Services Data

Veterans’ Services 2009 2010
Veteran
Entered Employment Rate 67% 57%
Employment Retention Rate 84% 79%
Disabled Veteran
Entered Employment Rate 58% 54%
Employment Retention Rate 84% 80%

Workforce Investment Act Data

WIA Performance Measures 2009 2010
Adults
Participants 1,523 1,330
Entered Employment Rate 79.7% 75.5%
Employment Retention Rate 86.3% 81.5%
Average Earnings $10,121 $10,644
Employment Credential Rate 56.1% 51.9%
Older Youth
Participants 173 100
Entered Employment Rate 79.4% 75%
Employment Retention Rate 81.7% 88.6%
Earnings Change $6,913 6,913$
Credential Certificate Rate 36.0% 36.8%
Younger Youth
Participants 323 187
Skill Attainment Rate 83.0% 80.1%
Diploma Equivalent Rate 60.7% 62.1%
Retention Rate 74.9% 70.3%

Work Opportunity Tax Credit Statistics

Work Opportunity Tax Credit 2009 2010
Certifications 2,327 2,886
Denied Applications 2,191 2,717
Pending Applications 1,467 156
Total Applications 5,985 5,759
Acceptance Rate 39% 50%
Tax Dollar Savings $5,673,600 $7,185,600

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Data

TANF Performance Measures 2009 2010
TANF Performance Measures 5,016 4,316
Caseload - Average Monthly 418 570
Caseload - Share of Statewide 47% 55%
Employment - Entered 846 870
Employment - Share of Statewide Entered 81% 80%
Employment - Entered with Medical Benefits 32% 26%
Employment - Share of Statewide Entered with Medical Benefits 98% 98%
Average Starting Wage $8.06/hour $8.40/hour

Transparency

Individual contact information is not provided for executive team members, including the department secretary, but administrators are listed with online email forms, and phone numbers and physical addresses for respective departments.[1]

DLR Annual Reports are available for 2006 through 2010.[4]

Public records request information and procedures does not seem to be readily available.

Financial data including budgets and audits do not seem to be available.

Unemployment

Per an August 17, 2011 DLR news release, the South Dakota seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 2011 was 4.7%, the same as the previous month. This compares to the national unemployment rate for July 2011 of 9.1%. The state's unemployment rate was 4.7% in July 2010; the national rate at this time was 9.5%.[13]

External links

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