For Immediate Release
Date: April 29, 2021
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations - firstname.lastname@example.org
State Labor Dept. 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.*
For the week ending April 17th, the number of continued weeks requested totaled 201,835. That includes the following totals by UI program: regular UI (61,728), PUA (57,420), and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) (82,687). As mentioned in prior press releases, the recent implementation of the ID.me identity verification requirement explains the relative decline in continued weeks, compared to the weeks and months prior. CDLE estimates those continued claims were filed by approximately 166,573 individuals (56,340 for regular UI; 42,630 for PUA, and 67,603 for PEUC).** Weekly initial and continued claims figures can be viewed in the attached PDF at the end of this press release.
Benefits paid March 29, 2020 - April 24, 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: $2.90 Billion
Week ending April 24: $13.7 Million
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
(gig workers/self-employed): $1.33 Billion
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation
($600/weekly UI benefits to eligible claimants, CARES Act;
$300/weekly UI benefits to eligible claimants, CAA; $300/weekly UI benefits to eligible claimants, ARP): $3.50 Billion
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation
(extends unemployment benefits by up to 13 weeks, CARES Act;
extends additional 11 weeks, CAA; extends additional 29 weeks, ARP): $831.4 Million
State Extended Benefits
(extends unemployment benefits an additional 13 weeks): $32.1 Million
Lost Wages Assistance
($300/weekly UI benefits to eligible claimants, fall 2020): $389.2 Million
Total: $8.99 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. There are also grants available for workers to help aid in Colorado’s economic recovery:
- COResponds is designed to help workers who are temporarily or permanently laid off due to the pandemic, including dislocated workers and long-term unemployed workers. The grant also serves people who are self-employed but have become unemployed or underemployed as a result of the pandemic. Read more about COResponds here.
- RecoverCO helps Coloradans who are unemployed or underemployed as a result of the pandemic by providing comprehensive career and training services for a rapid return to work and supportive services to ease financial burdens during job search and training. Read more about RecoverCO here.
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, May 3, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Pave the Way to Your Next Job - In-person only. This workshop is an overview of the job search, covering activities such as applications, resumes and preparing for interviews. 918 10th Street, Greeley, Colorado.
Tuesday, May 4, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Job Seeker Webinar Workshop -- Northwest Colorado
Wednesday, May 5, 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Careers in Healthcare
Thursday, May 6, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Jobs in Antarctica Hiring Event
As of April 28, 2021, there are 78,074 job postings listed on ConnectingColorado.com, the state’s jobs database.
- The following areas and industries have the most job openings as of April 28, 2021:
- Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services (26,140)
- Professional, scientific and technical services (19,877)
- Retail trade (19,114)
- Job titles posted most often:
- CDL-A truck drivers (2,166)
- Delivery drivers (910)
- Nannies (910)
We’re hiring! Click here to browse the more than 400 jobs open with the State of Colorado right now. 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.
Sector of the Week
As pandemic-related restrictions continue to ease up, an increasing number of employers are beginning to resume hiring. Each week we will highlight a sector that’s hiring. This week’s sector is education. According to EMSI, there are 8,516 open education positions were listed in Colorado just last week. As of April 28, 2021, 1,274 education jobs were listed on ConnectingColorado.com. TEACH.org invites individuals contemplating a career change to explore a career that leaves a legacy at a time when teachers are needed more than ever. Visit TEACH.org to find licensure guides, compare preparation programs, sign up for 1:1 coaching from experienced teachers, and receive more free tools and resources.
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*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 24th 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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