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What’s Working: Labor shortage or meager pay? The Colorado debate has begun.

Plus: Amazon and national fast food chains up the ante on lower-wage jobs, how much one trucking company pays drivers and ID.me’s troubled Step 6

Economy

What’s Working: How ID.me navigates face masks and social engineering to battle Colorado unemployment fraud

Plus: The state Department of Labor and Employment is cracking down on unemployed workers who don’t show up for job interviews or respond to job offers.

Technology

What’s Working: Colorado’s construction industry is short on workers as housing prices skyrocket

Plus: What construction jobs pay, Goodwill celebrates jobs and training and how to get a job in Antarctica this summer.

Economy

What’s Working: Why there are at least 2,314 new technology jobs in Colorado

Plus, the latest on federal aid for restaurants and entertainment venues, fraud updates, and overpayment issues for the unemployed.

Economy

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

Economy

What’s Working: Gig companies want workers back and are paying bonuses in Colorado

Plus: Where to find a job in Colorado, how the unemployed are getting IDme’s attention, and why small businesses shouldn’t wait to apply for another Paycheck Protection loan.

Economy

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

Not all jobs end up on Connecting Colorado. But finding a job or hiring for one in Colorado will always require a multi-search strategy to suss out who’s qualified and what jobs are legit.

Economy

What’s Working: Colorado’s big BYE week for unemployment, the $10,200 tax question and our ongoing economic recovery

It’s been nearly a year since the state saw a record 104,217 Coloradans file for unemployment in a single week. Here’s a look at the where we are now.

Economy

Coloradans face hours-long delays as unemployment ID verification system is required for everyone receiving benefits

As fraud runs rampant, the state is now requiring those who haven’t been verified by the IDme tool to go ahead and do so in order to continue receiving jobless benefits.

Economy

Colorado’s unemployment fund is nearly $1 billion in debt. Small businesses are worried about paying the tab.

State lawmakers have taken steps to reduce the shock among employers who must pay back the massive federal loan, but other states are pursuing alternative strategies.

Economy

What’s Working: Colorado sees more jobs return as some federal coronavirus aid programs are set to end

Small businesses get more time to apply for forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans, while those with reduced incomes face the March 31 end of an eviction moratorium.

Economy

What’s Working: Colorado’s job board has 82,000 openings. But are they real?

Plus, training options, new opportunities for small businesses and why calls to the unemployment helpline had just a 5-second wait on Friday.

Economy

Colorado’s unemployment system kept inadequate records on who was overpaid or not paid at all, auditor says

The annual financial report said the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment did not provide critical information needed for proper records keeping and oversight.

Politics and Government

Colorado’s pandemic job losses not as bad as previously announced

The state revised its December unemployment rate, previously the fourth highest nationwide, to 6.9% from 8.4%. January’s 6.6% unemployment rate puts Colorado as the 16th highest.

Economy

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.

Economy

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.

Economy

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.

Economy

What’s Working: Forgivable loans for the unemployed, the end of pandemic jobless benefits is next week

Get back on the roller coaster that is Unemployed Colorado, which heads into the last week of federal unemployment benefits. What’s next plus: Dashboards, fraud updates and more!

Economy

International fraud rings with “local nexus” are attacking Colorado’s unemployment system, investigators suspect

The state has flagged 1.1 million unemployment claims as possible fraud since the pandemic began. No charges have been filed, but AG Phil Weiser has created a task force to find the culprits.

Economy

Opinion: Investing in transportation is the key to Colorado’s COVID economic recovery

A substantial commitment to our infrastructure would represent a desperately-needed lifeline and send a message that Colorado won’t be left behind in competing for jobs and business.

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