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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?

Economy

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?

Economy

Housing demand is greater than ever but Colorado is building fewer homes than expected. Here’s why.

A pre-pandemic construction labor shortage intensified last year despite a strong real estate market. There’s just not enough workers to build what was planned. The industry is focused on attracting newcomers.

Housing

What’s Working: How much federal COVID relief went to unemployed Coloradans?

It's way more than $7.9 billion. Plus: Trust fund improprieties; mixed earner mistakes and construction jobs are plentiful -- and perks are getting better.

Economy

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?

Economy

What’s Working: It’s a worker’s labor market in Colorado as wages rise

One Colorado Springs nonprofit dental organization that raised wages $5 to $10 an hour wonders why job applicants aren’t showing up for interviews, the labor department adds MFA, who’s hiring and more.

Business

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.

Economy

What’s Working: People say they want to work from home, but they’re returning to the office in droves

Plus: Get your foot in the door at United Airlines, an estimated 101,000 Coloradans will lose unemployment benefits on Sept. 4 and other pandemic jobs news.

Economy

Coloradans are paying a lot more for Uber and Lyft trips — if they can even find a ride. Here’s why.

The ride-hailing companies are experiencing a driver shortage. That’s why, just as the pandemic eases and people flock to restaurants and bars, prices have jumped.

Transportation

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.

Economy

What’s Working: As federal unemployment ends in 7 weeks, Colorado businesses are optimistic about their pandemic recovery

Department of Labor reveals how many unemployment accounts are on hold, businesses still struggle to find workers and a CU business school report finds that sales are back to pre-pandemic levels at half of businesses surveyed

Economy

Opinion: Unemployment may be dropping in Colorado, but for at least one vulnerable group it’s rising

Here's a challenge to all business owners and business leaders in Colorado: Seek opportunities to employ people who have disabilities.

Opinion Columns

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.

Economy

What’s Working: The benefits of employing remote workers living in Colorado’s rural communities

Plus: More companies are excluding Coloradans from their jobs, interesting unemployment trends and a survey showing What’s Working readers are finding work.

Economy

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.

Economy

What’s Working: Denver business leaders say $45,000 is the new “scrape-by” wage

More women and people of color fall below that wage so here’s how to help them move up. Plus: Colorado Republicans ask for end to federal unemployment benefits; a company's expansion adds 100 jobs and lots of other actual jobs

Economy

Colorado renters and landlords are in a race with the eviction ban. Should the state intervene?

At least 80,000 Colorado renters are estimated to be behind on their rent, according to recent U.S. Census survey data. And the CDC ban on evictions is set to expire on June 30, if President Joe Biden does not extend it.

Housing

What’s Working: Seasonal hiring sputtering for restaurants, resorts across Colorado

Plus: Restaurants push for more federal aid, jobless data adjusted due to fraud and more.

Economy

Unemployed Coloradans want work that pays a livable wage as employers struggle to fill openings

The restaurant industry in particular is finding it difficult to hire help, but economists say the labor shortage is more of a pandemic blip in an economy already facing a tight labor market before COVID-19 struck.

Economy

Colorado’s big electric users could get a 30% discount on power under Xcel Energy’s incentive plan

The Public Utilities Commission reluctantly OK’d the program, worried that it won’t benefit areas most in need of economic development help.

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