Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
What’s Working: Colorado asks how much does that job pay? Some out-of-state employers don’t like it
A site tracking job listings that exclude Coloradans saw a 25% increase in one day. Plus: state unemployment rate shrinks to 6.2%, unemployment fraud continues, and PUA folks must prove employment.
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.
Unemployment fraudsters have cost Colorado at least $19.37 million
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has been able to prevent another $437.16 million in fraudulent claims from being paid out, officials said Friday
What’s Working: A “no gap” Colorado unemployment experience and why Charter increased its minimum wage to $18
MORE: What the new relief bill means to Colorado workers, why 4,000 unemployment accounts are still on hold in Colorado, and updates on 1099s, mixed earners and SEBs.
Colorado labor department will take unemployment system offline to prepare for new federal jobless benefits
As a result, users should not see a payment lapse as they did in December after the last federal relief package passed.
Colorado unemployment office expects “no gap” in payments after Congress passes new relief plan
After an 8-week lapse when the CARES Act ended last year, the Colorado Department of Labor says it believes it can move much faster though some may still see a delay.
In Colorado’s uneven coronavirus economic recovery, some thrive while others can’t make ends meet
Economic indicators look pretty good a year into the COVID economy, but does that make sense, especially if you can’t pay rent?
What’s Working: Colorado’s unemployment system is … working? Some readers say “yes.”
And there’s more: The state continues to respond to unemployment issues with fixes; a new dashboard; and two more chances to publicly ask the Department of Labor staff questions.
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.
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!
After eight weeks of waiting, nearly 300,000 Coloradans can reopen their unemployment accounts Saturday
The delay was blamed on federal lawmakers passing a new coronavirus relief measure one day after CARES Act aid expired. But more delays are expected for the next round of assistance if Congress doesn’t pass a new package soon.
Colorado unemployment claims spike as federal benefits restart. But fraud is distorting the picture.
More than 75,000 Coloradans reopened their unemployment claim in order to collect new aid from Congress.
Coloradans brave the cold to put a face on who’s been waiting more than six weeks for federal unemployment
About two dozen people showed up at the Department of Labor to show their frustration over the delay in federal unemployment benefits. The state continues to resolve problems as it works to roll out benefits to more people on Feb. 22.
Colorado sets Feb. 22 for start of second phase of new federal unemployment benefits
Out-of work Coloradans who had exhausted their pandemic benefits last year have been waiting since Dec. 26 for the additional money to become available.
It could be weeks before Coloradans waiting for Phase 2 of federal unemployment see any benefits
Many are now receiving the $300 weekly bonus, but problems caused staff to expand support, and address payment holds, denials, overpayments and ID verification.
Unexpected issues continue to plague Colorado’s unemployment system
The pandemic unemployed continue to get put through the wringer, with payment denials and other new issues cropping up daily.
The restart of Colorado’s federal unemployment benefits has been uneven as thousands wait for their turn
At least 62,000 Coloradans on pandemic jobless benefits reopened their claims on Monday. But countless others must wait for Phase 2 to restart, on which an update that may come “by the end of week,” labor officials say.
What’s Working: What happened after the Colorado Dept. of Labor emailed 230,000 people that federal benefits were restarting
Plus: Clarity on the federal benefits rollout, getting verified against fraud when you don’t have a smartphone and yes, there are taxes on unemployment benefits
Colorado’s rollout of new federal unemployment benefits is starting
After five weeks of delays caused by a computer upgrade and late passage of federal COVID-19 relief, more than 170,000 on unemployment are gearing up to get unemployment again
What’s Working: Here’s how Colorado is rolling out federal unemployment benefits, plus Paycheck loans are hopping
We get into acronyms again this week as the state Department of Labor shares how regular UI, PUA, PEUC and SEB systems are rolling out the $300 federal bonus payments