Press Releases

Press Release: State Labor Dept. Update for the Week Ending May 15th: Continued Decline in Initial Claims and a Return to Work Incentive

(DENVER) — Today the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) reported that an estimated 4,132 regular initial unemployment claims were filed the week ending May 15th. There were also 712 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed for the same week. Since mid-March 2020, an estimated total of 935,203 regular initial unemployment claims have been filed for a grand total of 1,205,142 claims, when the PUA program is included.*

Press Release: Update for the Week Ending May 8th: Continued Decline in Initial Claims and ID.me’s Impact on Suspicious Activity

(DENVER) — Today the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) reported that an estimated 4,395 regular initial unemployment claims were filed the week ending May 8th. This represents the first time since the start of the pandemic that Colorado has registered consecutive weeks with fewer than 5,000 regular initial claims. There were also 616 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed for the same week. Since mid-March 2020, an estimated total of 931,071 regular initial unemployment claims have been filed and a grand total of 1,200,298 claims, when the PUA program is included.*

Press Release: Update for the Week Ending May 1st: Continued Decline in Initial Claims and Work Search Updates

(DENVER) — Today the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) reported that an estimated 4,472 regular initial unemployment claims were filed the week ending May 1st. There were also 618 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed for the same week. Since mid-March 2020, an estimated total of 926,676 regular initial unemployment claims have been filed and a grand total of 1,195,287 claims, when the PUA program is included.*

Press Release: Update for the Week Ending April 24th: UI Claims and Reemployment Support

(DENVER) -- Today the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) reported that an estimated 5,825 regular initial unemployment claims were filed the week ending April 24th. There were also 830 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed for the same week. Since mid-March 2020, an estimated total of 922,204 regular initial unemployment claims have been filed and a grand total of 1,190,197 claims, when the PUA program is included.*

Press Release: Los empleados tienen derecho a una licencia remunerada por enfermedad para vacunarse

(DENVER) - El Departamento de Trabajo y Empleo de Colorado (CDLE) les recuerda a los trabajadores de Colorado que, según la ley de licencia por enfermedad pagada de Colorado, todos los empleados de Colorado tienen derecho a tomar una licencia pagada del trabajo para vacunarse contra el COVID-19. Los empleados también tienen derecho a usar licencia pagada si experimentan efectos secundarios de la vacuna que les impiden trabajar.

Press Release: Beware of Scammers Attempting to Collect Personal Information

(DENVER) — The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) is warning claimants and the general public to be aware of scammers trying to collect their personal information. As the volume of claimants requesting unemployment benefits has dramatically increased during the pandemic, so has the amount of identity theft, fraudulent activity, and unemployment insurance-related scams.

Press Release: Update for the Week Ending April 17th: UI Claims and Reemployment Support

(DENVER) -- Today the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) reported that an estimated 6,718 regular initial unemployment claims were filed the week ending April 17th. There were also 1,310 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed for the same week. Since mid-March 2020, an estimated total of 916,379 regular initial unemployment claims have been filed and a grand total of 1,183,542 claims, when the PUA program is included.*

Press Release: Employees Are Entitled to Paid Sick Leave to Get Vaccinated

(DENVER) — The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) is reminding Colorado workers that under Colorado paid sick leave law, all employees in Colorado have a right to take paid leave from work to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees are also entitled to use paid leave if they experience vaccine side effects that prevent them from working.

Press Release: More than $437 Million in Fraudulent Payments Prevented During Pandemic

(DENVER) — Today the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) announced it has prevented $437.16 million in fraudulent unemployment payments. Identifying and preventing improper and fraudulent payments is a priority for the Department and the entire Unemployment Insurance system nationwide as every state has experienced an unprecedented amount of suspicious activity since the pandemic began. CDLE continues to increase its fraud triggers and implement new, aggressive tactics — including an identity verification requirement — to prevent criminals from collecting undue unemployment benefits.