Lost Wages Assistance

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Colorado’s unemployment rate fell again in August, but there’s a growing number of underemployed people

The hospitality industry has been slow to recover, which put Denver among the five Colorado counties with the highest unemployment rates. Also: The Lost Wages Assistance payments of $300/week has begun.

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$300 unemployment bonus runs into technical snags in Colorado after people overwhelm request system

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment disabled its online certification system for the Lost Wages Assistance, created by President Donald Trump, and will notify eligible users when it’s ready again

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What’s Working: Extra $300 unemployment benefit gets a start date and how Colorado overpaid $40 million in jobless aid

Plus: Hiring by an agency for the homeless, the D.C. COVID relief update and resources for help with rent, utilities and other bills

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What’s Working: The situation with PUA benefits. Plus, why action is needed to get extra payments.

Getting into the nitty-gritty of Colorado’s unemployment system takes us deeper into holds on PUA payouts, extended benefits and fraud.

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What’s Working: Spanish-speaking virtual agents, extra $300 weeks approved and a new small business fund

PUA claims are up because of ... fraud? Plus, the wait to get a call back from the unemployment office is now “four to eight weeks."

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Some unemployed Coloradans will see Trump’s extra $300 a week benefit starting in mid September. But it won’t last.

The president’s Lost Wages Assistance will only help people who have already filed for unemployment. And the Trump administration only provided Colorado enough money to last three weeks.

Trump’s order to extend unemployment benefits could cost Colorado $31.1 million a week — money it doesn’t have

Meanwhile, the state’s unemployment trust fund will run out of money this month while there are still nearly 311,000 workers receiving jobless benefits