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What’s Working: Ugh, what a week for Colorado restaurants, small businesses and the already unemployed

It’s been a rough week for much of Colorado’s workforce. As the spike in COVID-19 cases caused 15 counties to impose new business restrictions on Friday, the most affected industries are bracing for thousands of new layoffs. For those just tuning in, the latest clampdown for counties in the new red zone means no more […]

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Amendments 77 and C explained: Casinos bet big on local voter, bingo halls hoping for an update

Colorado’s biggest casinos are rolling the dice in November, hoping that the state’s roughly 4.1 million voters will approve an initiative that would give a little more than 2,000 residents control of casino bet limits and games.  Amendment 77 would give voters in Colorado’s gaming hamlets — Cripple Creek, population 1,300, Central City, population 750, […]

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What’s Working: Why it takes two months to get a callback on unemployment: 25% of scheduled calls are “no shows”

Good news, job seekers: More jobs are being added back to Colorado’s economy. Bad news: 97,500 people stopped looking for a job in July for some reason. (Tell me why!) But some of the biggest news this week, at least for those on unemployment: The new $300 weekly bonus — a.k.a. the Lost Wages Assistance […]

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Colorado casinos went bust when coronavirus hit. Here’s why they see a lucky streak ahead.

BLACK HAWK — Sean Demeule leans over the railing and surveys a silent sea of slot machines in the state’s largest casino.  The general manager of the 523-room, 1,250-slot Ameristar Casino Resort shakes his head and chuckles quietly. It’s the only sound in the cavernous gambling hall.  “It would never be like this. Ever,” he […]