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Supply and labor shortages double the time it’ll take to rebuild homes lost in the Marshall fire

Casey Cazier protected his eyes with sunglasses as he sawed a piece of lumber in half to repair a wood fence that was blown off the hinges by 100 mph winds during the Marshall fire.  Over the past two decades, Cazier’s general contracting business has focused on replacing roofs and other parts of homes that […]

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King Soopers union rejects request for mediator, will strike in Denver starting Wednesday

A three-week labor strike at Denver-area King Soopers stores is slated to begin Wednesday after union officials rejected a request by the grocer to ask for federal mediators to intervene.  “At this point, King Soopers needs to face its workers,” Kim Cordova, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, said Monday during a […]

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Colorado’s unemployment rate was a stagnant 10.5% in June

Colorado’s unemployment was a stagnant 10.5% in June, according to data released by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment on Friday, indicating that the state’s jobs situation isn’t dramatically improving as the state continues to reopen after a coronavirus shutdown. In fact, the June rate was three-tenths of a percentage point higher than it […]

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Colorado’s unemployment system, slammed with coronavirus claims, inadvertently exposed people’s private data

Colorado’s computerized unemployment system inadvertently exposed private data of an unknown number of people who had recently filed for unemployment.  The unauthorized access was blamed on a programming error made by the technology vendor. The issue was identified and blocked by the vendor within an hour of when it was noticed on Saturday. State officials […]

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Colorado unemployment claims passed 100,000 last week as job losses continue to outpace Great Recession levels

Good news and bad news with Colorado’s unemployment numbers.  The bad? Initial claims reached a record-setting 104,217 in just one week, ending April 11, and more than double the prior week. The good: That means the computer systems and processes are working more smoothly at the state Department of Labor and Employment. With so many […]