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Colorado processed 61,000 unemployment claims in four days with upgraded system

Out-of-work Coloradans continued to file for unemployment benefits this week, but unlike last week, the state’s system handled thousands more applicants after implementing technology upgrades and staggering filing periods by last name.  Between Monday and Thursday, 61,000 applications came through, according to the state Department of Labor and Employment. The numbers don’t include Friday’s filings. […]

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Here’s where the jobs are in Colorado as unemployment surges during coronavirus’ economic meltdown

On Wednesday, the Mesa County Workforce Center job hotline shared nine new jobs, including one for a full-time engineer earning $6,322 a month. A day earlier, there were five new ones, including a part-time youth services specialist paying $22.62 an hour. There’s been a steady flow of new job listings as the shutdown to slow […]

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Opinion: I’m the owner of seven Denver restaurants. Coronavirus just forced me to lay off 200 people.

I’ve been in the restaurant business for over 30 years, and 12 of those have been here in Colorado, a place I am proud to call home.  I have built a mini restaurant group with seven locations (12@Madison, Osaka Ramen, Sushi-Rama, and The Empire Lounge & Restaurant) with close to 200 family members by my […]

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CHART: We’re tracking Colorado’s coronavirus unemployment surge

Thousands of Coloradans have lost their jobs since businesses across the state cut their hours or shut down completely as part of officials’ attempts to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. And we’ve been tracking two key numbers since March 14, when Gov. Jared Polis ordered the closure of the state’s ski areas, leaving […]

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Gov. Polis says the federal shutdown isn’t impacting Colorado’s state budget — but that could quickly change

Like every other state, Colorado has been feeling the pinch of the ongoing federal government shutdown. But Gov. Jared Polis said Wednesday it’s not affecting the makeup of the state’s budget — yet. “We don’t feel at this point, if the government were to reopen promptly, that there necessarily would be a budget impact to […]

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Federal workers in Jefferson County file one-fourth of Colorado’s 1,642 shutdown unemployment claims

Federal workers in Jefferson County have made the most unemployment claims in Colorado since the government shutdown began three weeks ago, according to data from the state labor department. Approximately 23 percent of the 1,642 unemployment claims filed by federal workers in Colorado since the government shutdown began are from Jefferson County. Denver County ranked […]