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Colorado unemployment rate rises to 8%

Updated : August 4th, 2020

The unemployment rate of Colorado increased to 8% in April. This happened in spite of the addition of 9,600 jobs in the same month.

Don Mares, the executive director of state Department of Labor and Employment, said “ the state is now seeing thousands of formerly discouraged job seekers who had abandoned their job search renewing their efforts. That influx of workers caused Colorado unemployment rate to bump up in April.”

People, who have lost their jobs and are not actively involved in job search again, are not considered as unemployed until they resume job search.

As per statistics, the estimated number of residents unsuccessfully looking for work increased by 2,700 over the month of April to 212,600.

There were about 2.46 million working Coloradans in April, down from 2.5 million a year ago, the labor department said.

The government has added about 3,000 government jobs and the 4,200 educational and health services jobs. The hiring of workers for Census helped the state to add 800 more jobs. The financial services also added 1,400 jobs. New jobs in wholesale and retail helped the state add 500 jobs in the trade, transportation and utility sector for the month.

But the main concern is that the construction industry is lagging behind. There are just 26,200 jobs in the construction sector now.

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  1. I lived in ga in 2019 and move to florida in 2020 and work for the xmas months in nov-dec. I was told to do a combine wage claim. my question is which state do i file the claim in?

  2. I filed for pua in Ohio back in October 2020.My claim has been in ajudacatuon since 11/1/20.So 2 to 6 weeks is a total understatement! When I call.i am told to basically hurry up and wait some more.I have recently been redetermined and my claim is allowed.but I have one pending issue.How long is too long?

    1. Nicole,

      Unfortunately, nobody has an answer. There are perhaps thousands of pending applications. Please consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

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  5. I was disqualified for UI benefits for not providing an ID and other forms of identification. How do I fix this?

    1. Hi Mike, I’m in NYS and was at the end of my BYE on 3/14, I was still certifying but wasn’t getting paid. I found out I had to file a new claim because my other was exhausted. I’m still waiting on approval. Maybe you have to file a new claim. I hope this helps.

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    1. Annette,

      Please report it to the Fraud Division of the Unemployment Office in your state. You can report on the website.

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    1. Ruby,

      To be eligible, you’re required to have sufficient hours and earnings. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website.

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