Press Release: Update for the Week Ending April 10th: UI Claims and Reemployment Support

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For Immediate Release
 

Date: April 15, 2021
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations - cdle_pr@state.co.us
 

State Labor Dept. Update for the Week Ending April 10th: UI Claims and Reemployment Support

DENVER) -- Today the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) reported that an estimated 8,927 regular initial unemployment claims were filed the week ending April 10th. There were also 2,132 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed for the same week. Since mid-March 2020, an estimated total of 909,661 regular initial unemployment claims have been filed and a grand total of 1,175,514 claims, when the PUA program is included.*

For the week ending April 3rd, the number of continued weeks requested totalled 218,508. That includes the following totals by UI program: regular UI (69,981), PUA (63,248), and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) (85,279). The recent implementation of the ID.me identity verification requirement explains the decline in continued weeks for the week ending April 3rd, compared to the weeks and months prior. CDLE estimates those continued claims were filed by approximately 181,213 individuals (64,654 for regular UI; 47,715 for PUA, and 68,844 for PEUC).** Weekly initial and continued claims figures can be viewed in the attached PDF at the end of this press release.


Additional data

Benefits paid March 29, 2020 - April 10, 2021:
Weekly amounts for non regular UI programs can be viewed in the attached PDF at the end of this press release. The recent implementation of the ID.me identity verification requirement explains the decline in benefit payment amounts for regular UI, PUA, and FPUC, starting the week ending April 10th.

Regular UI: $2.88 Billion
Week ending April 10: $12.2 Million                

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
(gig workers/self-employed): $1.30 Billion

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation
($600/weekly UI benefits to eligible claimants, CARES Act;
 $300/weekly UI benefits to eligible claimants, CAA): $3.39 Billion

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation
(extends unemployment benefits by up to 13 weeks, CARES Act;
 extends additional 11 weeks, CAA): $769.8 Million

State Extended Benefits
(extends unemployment benefits an additional 13 weeks): $31.9 Million

Lost Wages Assistance                             
($300/weekly UI benefits to eligible claimants, fall 2020): $389.2 Million

Total: $8.77 Billion

 


Helping Coloradans with Reemployment Support

CDLE and its partners hold regular, no-cost training that can help unemployed Coloradans get rehired. A sampling of events is below and a complete list of events, workshops and training opportunities is available on the CDLE website

Trainings and Resources for Job Seekers
Please note that some registration links cover the same event over multiple days. Job seekers can see all available training dates by clicking on the drop down menu or “select a date” in the registration links.

Monday, April 19, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.: Abre el Camino a Tu Próximo Trabajo: Solamente en persona--Este taller les ayuda a los que buscan trabajo, hablando de lo que se necesita en la busqueda, incluyendo solicitudes, currículos, y practica para las entrevistas. 918 10th St, Greeley, CO 80631

Tuesday, April 20, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Career Kickstart 

Wednesday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Employment First Career Fair

Thursday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Ageless Career Search

Friday, April 23, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: HOPE: Helping Offenders Pursue Employment (Greeley, in person) 918 10th St, Greeley, CO 80631, 970-400-6791 

 

Who’s Hiring

As of April 14, 2021, there are 72,126 job postings listed on ConnectingColorado.com, the state’s jobs database.

  • The following areas and industries have the most job openings as of April 14, 2021: 
    • Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services (24,899)
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (18,556)
    • Retail trade (17,895) 
       
  • Job titles posted most often: 
    • CDL-A truck drivers (2,148)
    • Nannies (833)
    • Registered nurses (799) 

 

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and the Office of the Future of Work publish bi-weekly articles to share hiring trends and highlight online and in-person resources to connect workers with meaningful employment. Read the latest article here.

*Initial claims are claims filed to establish (via a new initial claim) or reestablish (through an additional initial claim after an intervening period of employment) benefit eligibility. Initial claims are typically considered a reliable leading indicator of economic activity. All applications filed are those applications for benefits filed with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and may not have been through various eligibility determination e.g. wage verification, etc.

As previously reported, the Department has identified an increase in regular UI fraudulent activity since the end of last year. Therefore, initial claims for the week ending April 10th have been adjusted in an attempt to account for fraudulent activity within regular UI. Going forward, CDLE will adjust regular UI initial claims data for fraudulent activity, as well as publish revisions to prior weeks, when necessary. PUA initial claims are also adjusted to account for fraudulent activity.

**Continued claims are filed to request payment for a given week after eligibility has been established. Weeks claimed provide information as to current labor market conditions.

Continued claims can be used as a proxy to roughly estimate the number of claimants receiving UI benefits in a given week. However, backdating of claims within PUA and PEUC (due to the reestablishment of those programs through the Continued Assistance Act) significantly limits the use of continued claims as the aforementioned proxy on a week-to-week basis. For an alternative source, CDLE recommends using the weekly regular UI, PUA, and PEUC individual continued claim counts provided above. The Department also produces a report that captures the number of UI payment recipients, by program type, on a monthly basis. The monthly data can be viewed in the final pages of the attached PDF at the end of this press release and has been updated through March 2021.

 
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Colorado Unemployment Insurance Charts Through Week Ending April 10th, 2021