Update | 9.1.2021 | Federal Pandemic Benefits End Saturday

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This is an official communication from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Unemployment Insurance Division.

Federal Pandemic Benefits End Saturday

Per the American Rescue Plan Act, federal pandemic benefit programs including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC), and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) will end on Monday, September 6, 2021. 

By law, we cannot pay partial weeks, so the final week that benefits will be paid for these federal programs in Colorado is the week ending this Saturday, September 4, 2021. If you are currently receiving PUA, PEUC, and/or FPUC benefits, those benefits will end on that date. 

Even if your claim shows a balance of PUA or PEUC benefits remaining, no PUA, PEUC, MEUC, or FPUC benefits can be paid for any weeks after the week ending Saturday, September 4, 2021.

For more information, including assistance finding a job and information about additional resources, please visit our website at ColoradoUI.gov.

Eligible Claimants Will Receive Back Pay

While we cannot pay PUA, PEUC, MEUC, or FPUC benefits for any weeks after September 4, if you are owed back payments for weeks prior to September 4, don’t worry.

Any back payments you may be owed under the federal programs for prior weeks will still be paid after September 4, pending determination of eligibility and resolution of any pending issues or investigations related to your claim.

What’s Next?

If you are losing your federal benefits on September 4, don’t worry — there are resources in place to help you as you transition back to the workforce.

Be sure to visit ConnectingColorado.com, the state’s job database, where more than 120,000 job openings are currently listed. In addition, Colorado’s local workforce centers provide a variety of free services to assist job seekers, including career counseling and training, job listings, computer and internet access, and more. For more information, or to find your local workforce center, please visit cdle.colorado.gov/wfc.

You can also visit our website at ColoradoUI.gov to learn more about other resources which may be available to you, including:

  • Healthcare assistance
  • Housing and utilities assistance
  • Food assistance
  • Legal resources
  • Resources for job seekers
Child Tax Credit

Did you know that through a recent expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, more Colorado families are eligible?

Families can now receive up to $3,600 a year for each child aged 0-5 and up to $3,000 a year for each child aged 6-17 living in their household. Households earning less than $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for married couples will receive the full credit while those making above those thresholds will receive reduced amounts.

Many families have already signed up, but it’s not too late! If you’ve filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020, you’ll receive the Child Tax Credit automatically. If you don’t file taxes, you can use the Non-filer Sign-up Tool at IRS.gov.

For more information about the Child Tax Credit, visit GetCTC.org.

Free Services Available at Your Local Workforce Center

As Colorado focuses on economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, many Coloradans are looking forward to a quick return to work. Your local workforce center is staffed with employment professionals who can assist you with work search, resume writing, interviewing, and more! 

Workforce centers provide a variety of free services to assist job seekers and employers alike, including:

  • Career counseling and training for job seekers
  • Job listings
  • Computer and internet access
  • Recruitment of workers, pre-screening, and referral services
  • Tax credits and training reimbursement for employers
  • Customers can choose either self-service or staff-assisted options to meet their employment needs.

For more information, or to find your local workforce center, please visit cdle.colorado.gov/wfc.

Notices of Determination

Some claimants may receive a Notice of Determination in the mail concerning benefits which were received during the COVID-19 pandemic. These notices are related to benefits already received under existing claims and are not an indication of any additional benefits or eligibility.

For most claimants, no action is necessary and they can disregard this notice.

However, your former employer(s) do have the option to appeal any benefit payments charged against their accounts, so please be sure to participate in the appeal process if you receive a separate appeal notification.

Notices of Determination Sample Letter
Do’s and Don’ts of Submitting Documents

Help us help you! Here are a few tips to ensure your claim and documents are processed as quickly as possible:


Use MyUI+ to respond to questionnaires, file an appeal, or upload supporting documentation rather than faxing or mailing. Faxing or mailing materials will extend processing times. 

When submitting documents by fax or mail, return the barcoded CDLE form with any supporting documentation, and make sure the barcoded form is on top!

Include your name and Claimant ID number on any pages which are not a barcoded CDLE form.

When returning multiple forms, make sure all pages are in the proper order with the CDLE barcoded form being on top of any supporting documentation for each form.

If you are unable to return the form, include the Document ID on all pages. This can be found at the bottom left corner of the form.


When submitting documents by fax, do not include a cover page other than the CDLE barcoded form.

Do not send multiple pages in single-page faxes. 

Do not send the same documentation multiple times.

Do not send the same documentation both electronically and by mail or fax.

Sector of the Week

As we continue to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado’s economy is on the rise, and employers across the state are hiring. Each week we will highlight an area of Colorado’s economy with available job openings. This week we’re highlighting sales jobs. As of today, there are 11,102 jobs in the sector listed on ConnectingColorado.com.

Who’s Hiring?

We’re hiring! Visit careers.colorado.gov to browse the hundreds of job openings with the State of Colorado right now. As of September 1, 2021, there are also 124,047 job postings listed on ConnectingColorado.com, the state’s jobs database.

  • The following areas and industries had the most job openings as of September 1, 2021:
    • Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services (29,254)
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (22,021)
    • Retail (20,782)
  • Job titles posted most often: 
    • Registered nurses (10,842)
    • Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers (8,071)
    • Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (6,423)

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