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What’s Working: The top occupations hiring in Colorado, plus a job where “you’ll never not be employed”

If you’re still in job limbo because your former employer shut down, hasn’t reopened or you’re hoping to switch to a more stable career, take this advice from economist Tatiana Bailey: Look for a new career based on occupations with the most openings. “The top 10 job openings are always the same,” said Bailey, director […]

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Thousands of new openings post to Colorado’s official job board each week. Here’s where they come from.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Kurt Moe, an independent computer programmer, saw his work prospects dry up.  The Longmont resident said he’s spent months searching for a new gig. He’s applied to more than 800 relevant jobs in his field and had only a handful of interviews.  “I have had a few informal phone interviews, […]

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What’s Working: Why nearly 100,000 out-of-work Coloradans were excluded from an unemployment benefit that is now ending early

Several questions came in this week asking about why a program offering an extra 13 weeks of unemployment benefits is ending four weeks early.  Stop reading if you’re on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) because this doesn’t impact you (although, don’t forget, PUA benefits end Dec. 26). But read on if you’re on regular unemployment, Pandemic […]

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

An increasing number of readers are asking for help in figuring out Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, which pays benefits to freelancers, gig workers and self-employed folks who can’t get work due to coronavirus devastation. But one of the more common questions is “I haven’t been paid since July. Why is there a hold on […]

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Audio: The end of the unemployment boost in Colorado

Over the weekend, the extra $600 in weekly pandemic unemployment assistance going out in addition to regular unemployment benefits ran out – as unemployment continues in the state. Recent reporting from Tamara Chuang at The Colorado Sun looks at the impact of that federal assistance ending, along with reporting about thieves targeting that unemployment relief program. Tamara […]

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The $600 federal unemployment benefit is ending. Here’s what that means for out-of-work Coloradans.

For many out-of-work Coloradans, life will change after Saturday. That’s when the extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits from the U.S. government ends in Colorado, even as many hotels, restaurants, bars and other businesses have not fully reopened due to coronavirus restrictions. As of July 11, Colorado has paid out $1.92 billion in this Pandemic […]