Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
What’s Working: 24,000 unemployed Coloradans must pay back pandemic jobless benefits
Plus: More people are returning to work as the state’s unemployment rate drops to 5.9%. But what happened to all the workers?
What’s Working: As Colorado’s labor shortage blame game continues, most unemployed workers are actually back at work
Plus: A busy week at the unemployment office despite federal benefits expiring, who’s hiring and is Amazon really offering to pay for college?
What’s Working: There are more job openings than Coloradans on unemployment. Matchmaking isn’t easy.
As pandemic unemployment comes to an end next week, some struggle to find a job or fear catching COVID-19. Plus: Businesses try to hire, wages are rising and what happened when some states ended federal benefits early?
At least 87,000 Coloradans will lose all pandemic unemployment benefits in two weeks
Federal programs that provided aid to gig workers and those who’ve exhausted regular unemployment end Sept. 4. So does the $300 weekly pandemic bonus.
What’s Working: Desperate times for employers as 134,000 Coloradans still are on federal unemployment
As the state reports the lowest number of initial jobless claims since the pandemic began, five weeks remain of federal benefits. Plus: Eviction moratorium ends, rental housing assistance available.
Colorado sees claims for unemployment benefits double in June. Officials suspect fraud.
State steps up review of fraud as 26 other states end some or all federal unemployment benefits early. Colorado labor officials believe the increase is from folks in those other states.
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.