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Tamara Chuang

The Colorado Sun —

What’s Working: Desperate times for employers as 134,000 Coloradans still are on federal unemployment

As the state reports the lowest number of initial jobless claims since the pandemic began, five weeks remain of federal benefits. Plus: Eviction moratorium ends, rental housing assistance available.


Colorado governor extends some eviction protections to residents still waiting for rent assistance

The national eviction moratorium ends Saturday as thousands of Coloradans wait for promised monthly rent help


Colorado’s COVID-19 rent assistance program sees delays, fraud as eviction moratorium is set to end Saturday

Some tenants and landlords were approved for COVID-19 rental relief months ago but have still not received a payment.


What’s Working: Coloradans talk about worker shortages and livable wages

This week’s column explores what readers think about the current job and unemployment environment. See results of our poll in charts!


What’s Working: As federal unemployment ends in 7 weeks, Colorado businesses are optimistic about their pandemic recovery

Department of Labor reveals how many unemployment accounts are on hold, businesses still struggle to find workers and a CU business school report finds that sales are back to pre-pandemic levels at half of businesses surveyed


Colorado business chambers prepared for the worst during coronavirus. It turns out things weren’t so bad.

Rampant business closures did not happen among members of local business chambers. Some say membership rose as businesses received federal aid and looked for help weathering the COVID storm.


What’s Working: When a 6% unemployment rate feels like 2.5% — is there a labor shortage in Colorado?

Plus: Job perks and flexible schedules point to employers doing more to attract workers; the PUA reset; housing crises on Western Slope; and Colorado Jumpstart pays $4.1 million to the newly employed


Colorado sees claims for unemployment benefits double in June. Officials suspect fraud.

State steps up review of fraud as 26 other states end some or all federal unemployment benefits early. Colorado labor officials believe the increase is from folks in those other states.


What’s Working: The benefits of employing remote workers living in Colorado’s rural communities

Plus: More companies are excluding Coloradans from their jobs, interesting unemployment trends and a survey showing What’s Working readers are finding work.


Supporters of Colorado’s pay-transparency law eye protections for workers “blackballed” by national employers

Some big companies are refusing to hire remote workers in Colorado because of the 2019 Equal Pay Act. A Wall Street Journal article last week put a spotlight on the issue.

Politics and Government

Struggling renters get one more month — likely the last — to postpone monthly rent payment

The national eviction moratorium was set to end on Wednesday. But even as Colorado’s rent-assistance program pays rent for the unemployed, the program has thousands still waiting.


Colorado reaches 91% rural broadband coverage as efforts to improve internet for Ute Tribes move forward

The state’s Broadband Office is also working with other rural projects, including one on the Eastern Plains that would provide gigabit fiber to more than 50,000 customers


What’s Working: Colorado asks how much does that job pay? Some out-of-state employers don’t like it

A site tracking job listings that exclude Coloradans saw a 25% increase in one day. Plus: state unemployment rate shrinks to 6.2%, unemployment fraud continues, and PUA folks must prove employment.


Colorado is the third state to pass a consumer-data privacy bill. Now what?

Yes, you can ask a company to delete your personal data. No, it doesn’t apply to all personal data. And yes, many companies in-and-out of Colorado must figure out how to manage this by July 2023.


What’s Working: Denver business leaders say $45,000 is the new “scrape-by” wage

More women and people of color fall below that wage so here’s how to help them move up. Plus: Colorado Republicans ask for end to federal unemployment benefits; a company's expansion adds 100 jobs and lots of other actual jobs


Thousands of Coloradans struggling to pay rent asked the state for help. $6.5 million later, phones are still ringing.

Nine months into the pandemic, Colorado’s housing assistance office spent $1 million to hire an out-of-state contractor to process applications for rent and mortgage help. The cost has grown as HORNE added 100 workers, of which slightly more than half live outside of Colorado.


What’s Working: Guild Education’s latest $150 million round means more Colorado jobs

The Denver company plans to add 350 workers by year’s end as it helps clients like Walmart, Chipotle and Disney change jobs to careers. Plus: Colorado’s job economy, unemployment backpay, who’s hiring and more.


What’s Working: Seasonal hiring sputtering for restaurants, resorts across Colorado

Plus: Restaurants push for more federal aid, jobless data adjusted due to fraud and more.


Unemployed Coloradans want work that pays a livable wage as employers struggle to fill openings

The restaurant industry in particular is finding it difficult to hire help, but economists say the labor shortage is more of a pandemic blip in an economy already facing a tight labor market before COVID-19 struck.


Nearly 200 companies with Colorado customers reported data breaches in the past 16 months

Colorado has a strong data security bill, but to give more control to consumers, two more data privacy laws have been proposed.

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