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Colorado will pay federal unemployment benefits until they expire in September

Colorado will continue to pay federal unemployment benefits until the relief expires Sept. 6 even as 21 other states are now saying they’ll end their participation early, state officials said Tuesday.  “Colorado will not be ending the federal unemployment benefits earlier than the September end date,” said Jessica Hudgins Smith, press secretary for the Division […]

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In Colorado’s uneven coronavirus economic recovery, some thrive while others can’t make ends meet

By the time 2020 ended, the U.S. stock market was at an all-time high, Colorado’s housing market experienced double-digit gains, credit scores were on the rise and overall personal income had inched up again, up 0.6% in December from November. The state’s outlook is relatively positive for 2021. Lost jobs are expected to return. The […]

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Opinion: An Uber driver says gig workers should not have to compromise flexibility for benefits

The pandemic has created a scary time and has made app-based workers driving and delivering goods an essential service. It also urgently exposed that more can be done to help independent workers — it’s time to extend new protections and benefits.  Colorado drivers, like me, would benefit greatly from legislation that would guarantee drivers more […]

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Colorado’s unemployment rate improves slightly to 10.2% in May

Colorado’s unemployment rate was 10.2% in May, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Friday, a slight improvement over the month before as businesses in the state began reopening after a weeks-long coronavirus shutdown. Colorado’s unemployment rate was 12.2% in April, its highest-ever level since the state began tracking unemployment levels in 1976. Initially the […]

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Colorado processed 61,000 unemployment claims in four days with upgraded system

Out-of-work Coloradans continued to file for unemployment benefits this week, but unlike last week, the state’s system handled thousands more applicants after implementing technology upgrades and staggering filing periods by last name.  Between Monday and Thursday, 61,000 applications came through, according to the state Department of Labor and Employment. The numbers don’t include Friday’s filings. […]