Press Release: Update for Week Ending December 5th: UI Claims and Resources for Workers

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For Immediate Release

Date: December 10, 2020
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations -


State Labor Dept Update for Week Ending December 5th:
UI Claims and Resources for Workers

(DENVER) --Today the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) reported that 19,024 regular initial unemployment claims were filed the week ending December 5th. There were also 17,232 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims filed for the same week. Since mid-March, a total of 662,508 regular initial unemployment claims have been filed and a grand total of 876,440 claims, including federal PUA benefits.*

For the week ending November 28th, a combined total of 224,592 continued claims were filed from the regular UI (90,867), PUA (63,694), and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (70,031) programs.** Weekly initial and continued claims figures can be viewed in the attached PDF at the bottom of this press release.

Benefits paid since March 29: 

Regular UI $2.34 Billion
Week ending December 5: $34.5 million

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
(gig workers/self-employed) $891.1 Million

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation
($600/weekly UI benefits to eligible claimants) $2.50 Billion

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation
(extends unemployment benefits by up to 13 weeks) $263.1 Million

State Extended Benefits
(extends unemployment benefits an additional 13 weeks) $26.3 Million

Lost Wages Assistance                                                        
($300/weekly UI benefits to eligible claimants) $379.1 Million     

Total $6.40 Billion   

Claims by industry

Top 10 industries with highest initial claims for week ending November 21st  
#1 Accommodation and Food Services: 5,761 (43.5% of claims for week)
#2 Healthcare and Social Assistance: 964 (7.3%)
#3 Construction: 892 (6.7%)
#4 Administrative and Support and
     Waste Management and Remediation Services: 764 (5.8%)
#5 Retail Trade: 755 (5.7%)    
#6 Education Services: 574 (4.3%)
#7 Manufacturing: 522 (3.9%)    
#8 Professional and Technical Services: 521 (3.9%)
#9 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation: 430 (3.2%)
#10 Other Services: 384 (2.9%)


Helping Coloradans with Reemployment Support:
Trainings and Resources for Job Seekers

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.

December 15, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Interviewing Workshop
December 16, 10:30 am -11:00 am: Careers in Construction
December 17, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Networking Workshop
Through December 18: Arapahoe/Douglas Works! 

December 18, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Resume Workshop


Who’s Hiring

There are more than 60,000 jobs available in, the state’s jobs database.

  • Total number of open jobs (12/5/2020): 69,655
  • Job titles posted most often: 
    • Truck drivers
    • Registered nurses
    • Customer service representatives
  • Industries hiring: 
    While many industries are hiring, the top three were: 
    • Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services (27,199)
    • Professional, scientific, and technical services (20,312)
    • Retail trade (19,192)


Colorado county-level initial and continued unemployment claims data through the week ending November 21st are available here.

* Initial claims are claims filed to establish or reestablish benefit eligibility. Initial claims are 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.

**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, the Department does produce a report that captures the number of UI payment recipients on a monthly basis. The monthly data can be viewed in the final pages of the attached PDF at the bottom of this press release.

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