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Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

What’s Working: Colorado is offering up to $50,000 to tap into an old-timey resource — apprenticeships

Plus: $50 million in workers-comp refunds on the way, Colorado's 4.1% unemployment rate for February, 102% pandemic job recovery and more!

Economy

Colorado has recovered 98% of jobs lost in pandemic, as unemployment rate drops to 4.1%

Revisions to labor data also show the state was doing better than previously thought, as the state's unemployment rate is close to the nation's.

Economy

Colorado task force refers 17 cases of unemployment fraud to prosecutors

All are suspected of unemployment insurance fraud that “exceeds $300,000.” Colorado has paid $33.7 million in unemployment fraud and recovered $44.3 million so far.

Crime and Courts

What’s Working: How Colorado is ensuring companies share how much jobs pay

Two types of paid sick leave are in effect for all companies in 2022, plus King Soopers faces worker strike, unemployment holds and the Stock Show is hiring!

Economy

Colorado auditor finds $73 million in “likely fraudulent” unemployment payments, including to dead people

The Colorado Department of Labor, which has confirmed only $30 million in fraudulent payments, said that the additional cases likely will be “determined to be legitimate.”

Politics and Government

What’s Working: Colorado paid $30 million in bogus unemployment claims. It could have been worse.

Plus: Colorado’s new jobless claims now lower than in 2019 average, funding the trust fund and how do you pay back a $1 billion loan?

Economy

Colorado’s new overtime pay rules for agricultural workers are too weak, advocates say

Regulations from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment would phase in overtime pay, equivalent to time-and-a-half, over a few years, with farm workers receiving overtime after working 60 hours a week starting in 2022

Politics and Government

Family of 6-year-old girl who died on Glenwood Springs amusement park ride files wrongful death lawsuit

Wongel Estifanos was killed by the “extreme recklessness” of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and its operators, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday

Crime and Courts

Operators failed to check seat belt before 6-year-old died on amusement park ride in Glenwood Springs, report says

Wongel Estifanos was sitting on top of a locked seat belt while on the Haunted Mine Drop before she died, investigators found.

Crime and Courts

What’s Working: There are more job openings than Coloradans on unemployment. Matchmaking isn’t easy.

As pandemic unemployment comes to an end next week, some struggle to find a job or fear catching COVID-19. Plus: Businesses try to hire, wages are rising and what happened when some states ended federal benefits early?

Economy

At least 87,000 Coloradans will lose all pandemic unemployment benefits in two weeks

Federal programs that provided aid to gig workers and those who’ve exhausted regular unemployment end Sept. 4. So does the $300 weekly pandemic bonus.

Economy

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

Economy

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.

Economy

Colorado farmworkers could get easier access to medical care under new “bill of rights”

Agricultural workers living in employer-owned housing can have trouble getting health care. It’s a symptom of bigger gaps in worker protections that the pandemic spotlighted, say proponents of a newly passed Colorado bill for farmworker rights.

Health

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.

Economy

What’s Working: More Coloradans are working or looking for work now than before the pandemic

Unemployment is still high with the state’s unemployment rate stuck at 6.4%. Also: Frontline stories on labor shortage vs. meager pay, a $3,000 job incentive and last call for SBA COVID relief programs.

Economy

Colorado is offering up to $1,600 to people on unemployment who find a full-time job

The bonus pay is meant to help small businesses that say they can’t find enough employees. But for unemployed workers to qualify, they must meet several criteria.

Business

Colorado will pay federal unemployment benefits until they expire in September

Governors in 21 other states say they’re ending federal benefits as early as June citing labor shortages — but others say the current job market is much more complex.

Business

What’s Working: How ID.me navigates face masks and social engineering to battle Colorado unemployment fraud

Plus: The state Department of Labor and Employment is cracking down on unemployed workers who don’t show up for job interviews or respond to job offers.

Technology

What’s Working: Why there are at least 2,314 new technology jobs in Colorado

Plus, the latest on federal aid for restaurants and entertainment venues, fraud updates, and overpayment issues for the unemployed.

Economy
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