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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.

Economy

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: Labor shortage or meager pay? The Colorado debate has begun.

Plus: Amazon and national fast food chains up the ante on lower-wage jobs, how much one trucking company pays drivers and ID.me’s troubled Step 6

Economy

Amazon hiring for 3,000 jobs in Denver; offering $100 to vaccinated hires

Amazon is seeking to hire 75,000 people across the nation.

Business

Why Antarctica relies on Centennial to find plumbers, electricians and other seasonal staff

Colorado's many links to Antarctica include a national hiring program and two Denver contractors designing McMurdo station to improve efficiencies -- and require fewer support staff in the future.

Economy

What’s Working: Colorado’s construction industry is short on workers as housing prices skyrocket

Plus: What construction jobs pay, Goodwill celebrates jobs and training and how to get a job in Antarctica this summer.

Economy

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

What’s Working: The top occupations hiring in Colorado, plus a job where “you’ll never not be employed”

Occupations with the most number of job openings tell economists one main thing: Those industries are constantly looking for workers.

Economy

What’s Working: Gig companies want workers back and are paying bonuses in Colorado

Plus: Where to find a job in Colorado, how the unemployed are getting IDme’s attention, and why small businesses shouldn’t wait to apply for another Paycheck Protection loan.

Economy

Thousands of new openings post to Colorado’s official job board each week. Here’s where they come from.

Not all jobs end up on Connecting Colorado. But finding a job or hiring for one in Colorado will always require a multi-search strategy to suss out who’s qualified and what jobs are legit.

Economy

Colorado’s unemployment fund is nearly $1 billion in debt. Small businesses are worried about paying the tab.

State lawmakers have taken steps to reduce the shock among employers who must pay back the massive federal loan, but other states are pursuing alternative strategies.

Economy

What’s Working: Colorado sees more jobs return as some federal coronavirus aid programs are set to end

Small businesses get more time to apply for forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans, while those with reduced incomes face the March 31 end of an eviction moratorium.

Economy

What’s Working: Colorado’s job board has 82,000 openings. But are they real?

Plus, training options, new opportunities for small businesses and why calls to the unemployment helpline had just a 5-second wait on Friday.

Economy

Three Colorado college programs aim to help people with disabilities join the workforce. The state is opening doors, too.

Real-life job skills honed over four years boost people with cognitive and developmental disabilities toward the independent future of their choosing.

Education

135,000 unemployed Coloradans get benefits after months of waiting. But thousands of others face glitches and denials.

“I WILL NOT have a stroke,” writes one frustrated, unemployed Coloradan. More fixes are being addressed this week by the Colorado Department of Labor.

Economy

What’s Working: Lessons learned and tips for Coloradans as federal unemployment benefits start (hopefully) Saturday

Plus: Why did it take eight weeks to add 11 weeks of pandemic benefits? Also, unemployment updates, $19.90/hour jobs at the state’s call center and more!

Economy

Colorado’s governor wants a big, fast coronavirus stimulus package. State lawmakers worry about the details.

The situation echoes of the yearslong tug of war between the governor and Democratic budget writers that began soon after Jared Polis assumed office

Politics and Government
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