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Colorado Unemployment Benefit Questions

What do I do when I have found a new job?

When you file a claim, it is active for a period of one year beginning on the file date. You can use the benefits that you are entitled to any time you are unemployed during that year. When you return to work, stop filing for payment; this will close your claim. Your claim can be reopened at any time during the one-year life of your claim if you again become unemployed.

How do I cancel my claim?

If you wish to cancel your claim, you must write and mail a letter or call customer service within the first 12 days after filing your claim. Canceling your claim will completely remove the claim from the system as if you had never filed. After canceling your claim you cannot reopen the claim; you must file a new claim.

What happens if I move out of Colorado?

If you are currently receiving benefits Colorado and you move to another, you still receive benefits from your original state. You receive benefits from the state in which you worked for the past 18 months. All you have to do is provide your new address to your “original” state of residence and CDLE (Colorado Department of Labor and Employment) will mark you as an interstate payee. You then continue to file your weekly certification as normal. You will receive the exact same amount of benefits, it does not change. You are required to seek employment in the new state you moved to.

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Questions & Answers

  1. Chata Arellano says:

    Can I get unemployment after being on work comp 1.11 years?

  2. kelli says:

    I was terminated because my lack of detail led to errors in my work. My employer assured me they would not deny my unemployment but they have been dishonest with the Umemployment Inusrance case worker and said I couldn’t keep up with my work and that I was unable to take on anything else………I am concerned about the claim getting paid. Anyone have experience with all the additional questions and whether the claim will go through or not?

    • Sam says:


      If they deny on the basis of employer feedback, you can file an “Appeal” for scrutiny. Please make sure to keep supporting documents handy to prove your stand.

  3. Phillip says:

    If I receive Social Security, can I receive unemployment benefits.

  4. Angie says:

    I was an employee with salary plus benefits and they came to me and took away my salary and all benefits and said that I was no longer an employee. They wanted me to sign a contract to make me a contractor and just pay me commission but I couldn’t do that and I am currently looking for another job.
    Would I be able to receive unemployment at this time until I could find another job?

    • Martin says:

      Well, it may be considered voluntary making you ineligible to draw UI benefits. However, there can be an exception. Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  5. Tim says:

    The company I work for was sold. if I decide to start with the new company does my unemployment eligibility start over here in Colorado. What I don’t want to do is work for the new company and 2 weeks later get laid off and not be able to collect benefits.

    • Martin says:

      You can apply right away if you were laid off. You can be eligible as long as the reason for separation from the job is involuntary.

  6. Debbie says:

    If you medical health problems and on medicine due to the job can you still get your unemployment

    • Martin says:

      Unfortunately, personal reasons such as health issues are not considered. You will not be eligible.

    • Taneisha says:

      I just resigned from my job due to health reasons and I received unemployment. I explained to them that the work environment made my health and my condition worse and ultimately caused me to resign.

      • Martin says:

        If the work conditions affected your health directly, you can be eligible.

        Please speak to the Unemployment Office in your state.

  7. Ken Lee says:

    If resigned from my current employer due to hostile environment can I collect unemployment until I find another job

  8. Robert Kurtz says:

    Im currently employed with Waste Management in Colorado whom will be closing the office on Feb 21, 2014 which means I will be laid off. When can I file for unemployment benefits? thanks, Robert Kurtz

  9. Misty says:

    I am employed, but my employer cut my hours to the point that I can no longer pay my bills. Does Colorado offer partial unemployment? And if so, how do I apply for it?

  10. Gary St. Clair says:

    If you get laid off from your job when fileing for benefits do I have to claim my monthly pension from a previous pera employment?

  11. Veronica Ruschena says:

    I am currently receiving food stamp benefits and others but I was recently asked for a print out or proof of my benefits for the month of March. How can i go about on retrieving this info? I have tried calling the customer help line but all i get there is an automated help list. Please help me this info is needed as soon as possible so my other benefits are not stopped. Sincerely

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