Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
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
Colorado will roll out $300 federal jobless benefit next week as unemployment rate jumps to 8.4%
Meanwhile, a portion of those eligible for pandemic benefits will be able to reopen their claim for the first time in four weeks.
Colorado unemployment office plans to use biometric ID verification to battle fraud
Fraud prevention measures have held up new federal jobless benefits to those on pandemic unemployment. “We are walking a tightrope here,” said Joe Barela, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s executive director.
Colorado reopens its unemployment system after long-awaited computer upgrade. Nearly 30,000 request payments.
The new system, however, is still not ready to handle the new 11 weeks of extended federal jobless payments for gig workers and those who’ve exhausted state benefits
What’s Working: Colorado unemployment system getting rebuilt, new round of Paycheck Protection loans start Monday
Other states have started paying the $300 bonus while some on unemployment are still waiting on the computers.
Unemployed Coloradans may have to wait 2-4 weeks before getting more federal aid
The good news is that an upgrade to the state labor department's computer systems may speed things along. But people whose benefits ended Dec. 26 will likely need to take action to get future payments.
Colorado unemployment office clarifies what people on unemployment need to do by Jan. 5
An email sent to more than 500,000 out-of-work Coloradans was corrected on Monday with the Labor Department asking users to disregard some of the information.
Colorado’s unemployment system slammed after email about jobless benefits is erroneously sent to many who are ineligible
The Colorado Department of Labor says the email “erroneously instructed” unemployed people to make a request for payment but not all were eligible. The note was intended to inform everyone about a computer upgrade and not about expiring or renewed federal benefits.
Unemployed Coloradans won’t see federal jobless aid for weeks despite Trump signing coronavirus relief bill
The lag is due to potential changes in guidelines by the U.S. Department of Labor and the need to reprogram Colorado’s unemployment computer system
Here’s how Colorado’s unemployed influenced the new federal coronavirus relief bill
The new federal coronavirus relief package swapped out some unemployment benefits for $600 stimulus checks for many Americans. But Colorado had some sway on new benefits for out-of-work Americans.
What’s Working: CARES Act II inches closer as 280,000 Coloradans will lose unemployment benefits day after Christmas
What CARES Act Part II may offer to the unemployed, plus a Denver effort to help salons and barbershops, free rent and mental-health support and 75,000 job openings
A glitch in Colorado’s unemployment system kept thousands from accessing federal coronavirus aid
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment claims to have resolved the issue that erroneously prevented some people from moving to Pandemic Unemployment Assistance