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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.

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

What’s Working: Two weeks until the end of unemployment benefits for 150,000 Coloradans and counting

With just a few weeks of federal CARES Act support, jobless Coloradans see options dwindle, but there still are some; plus, updates on holds, overpayments and what could happen in January

Colorado’s unemployment system is so overwhelmed that strangers have resorted to helping each other

Forums and online groups have sprung up during the pandemic as the unemployed search for answers they’re not getting from the state Labor Department.

What’s Working: Will Colorado become the nation’s precedent for extended unemployment benefits?

Plus: More small business grants, a D.C. update and how to move to PUA

New Colorado unemployment claims double over two-week span as businesses under COVID restrictions shed jobs

Hotels and restaurants are the top industries affected by new job claims, as battered Department of Labor deals with more fraud and investigating cases on hold for weeks, months

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

Keep reading to learn about free job training, who’s hiring in Colorado and why some unemployment cases remain are still on hold months later.

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

Thousands are facing unemployment again as at least 20 Colorado counties implement new COVID-19 restrictions, the end of one unemployment program, plus new jobs, updates on fraud, holds and more

What’s Working: Minimum wage going to $12.32, plus how new COVID restrictions (and fraud?) has doubled unemployment

Plus: New rules for equal pay, sick days, a chart on Colorado’s top-growing industry sectors and more!

What’s Working: As coronavirus cases increased, so did the number of Coloradans filing for unemployment

Plus: How Colorado restaurants are figuring out how to stay open outdoors, a free feast this Thanksgiving and the Dec. 26 doozy

What’s Working: Colorado unemployment rate drops to 6.4%, $19 million for small businesses, plus “Lost Wages” leftovers

It’s the last day to certify for the $300 LWA, but if you’ve been stuck in the state’s unemployment system, there’s still $180 million left.

What’s Working: Unemployment backlogs, backdates and overpayments in Colorado

Plus: Fidelity has 300 jobs available, PPP forgiveness has begun, understanding your place in unemployment’s alphabet soup and more!

What’s Working: “Lost wages” gets a new deadline, overpayment forgiveness, small business updates and more

Do the 70,000 to 80,000 folks eligible for “Lost Wages” not want their $300-$1,800? Plus, the latest on small business loans, housing help and the new unemployment portal.

Colorado won’t try to collect the $1.4 million in overpaid unemployment benefits it distributed after all

Confusing forms in the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program led some gig workers to overestimate their income.

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