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Colorado will pay federal unemployment benefits until they expire in September

Colorado will continue to pay federal unemployment benefits until the relief expires Sept. 6 even as 21 other states are now saying they’ll end their participation early, state officials said Tuesday.  “Colorado will not be ending the federal unemployment benefits earlier than the September end date,” said Jessica Hudgins Smith, press secretary for the Division […]

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

The staggering five-plus-hours wait to complete the last step for receiving unemployment benefits has been whittled down by 60% after the company tasked with verifying user identities ramped up staffing. Two hours, though, is still a long time to wait on the phone or on a computer for your turn to talk to a human.  […]

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

In Loveland, J Gonzales says it’s been tough filling entry-level jobs to get the Allweather Wood manufacturing plant’s workforce back up to its full strength.  The general laborer positions at the wood treatment plant involve physical labor, start at $18 an hour and offer forklift training to those who wish to move to a higher-paying […]

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

The number of Coloradans receiving unemployment benefits continues to decline as, presumably, people return to work.  That doesn’t mean unemployment woes have vanished. Gaining steam in my inbox this week were people who said they were notified they had been paid too much and now must return money to the state. (More on overpayments below.) […]

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Unemployment fraudsters have cost Colorado at least $19.37 million

The state of Colorado has lost nearly $19.37 million to unemployment fraudsters since last year, officials from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Friday. That’s up from the $6.5 million in total fraud losses the department previously reported.  The department has documented $437.2 million in fraudulent claims that it has prevented from being […]

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

A year ago, Colorado was just realizing how serious the impact of pandemic safety measures were with a statewide stay-at-home order that pretty much halted in-person commerce. The week of April 5, 2020, became the worst week of unemployment the state had ever seen, with a record-setting 104,217 Coloradans filing their first jobless claim in […]