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Unemployment Insurance Information: Executive Order and Work-search Requirements

Lost Wage Assistance (LWA) is the name for the Unemployment Insurance assistance signed by Executive Order by President Trump on Saturday, August 8, 2020.  While Colorado has not yet finalized the amount of its LWA payments, the program is expected to provide eligible Coloradans with an additional $300 to $400 benefit each week.  CDLE is currently in the process of reprogramming its systems to include the new benefits.  No action on your part is necessary at this time.

Here's what we know:

  • Colorado was one of the first states to apply for these funds
  • Eligibility has two components:
    • Claimant must be eligible for $100 in benefits
    • Underlying reason for unemployment has to be due to COVID (self-attestation will be required but will be done online)
  • Benefits will go back to July 26, 2020 but will not be distributed until mid to late September
  • The LWA is for any type of unemployment benefits 

We are awaiting guidance from the Unemployment Insurance Benefits Office and we do not have any additional information.

New work-search requirements are in place. You are now required to complete work-search activities every week to be paid benefits unless you are job attached.  Have questions on what qualifies as a work-search activity?  Visit the Information on Unemployment Insurance work search requirements page.

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) system is administered by the State of Colorado not Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development.  To reach the State of Colorado Unemployment customer service call 1.800.388.5515.

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Change in Service Delivery in Loveland

Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development (LCEWD) is changing the way we serve the community. 

  • Workshops, hiring events, and  job search assistance are available online (adult and young adults). View virtual services for job seekers. View virtual services for young adults.
  • Scheduled appointments may be available at 200 Peridot upon request (based on staff availability). 
  • The Resource Lab is available in the Fort Collins office by appointment.  
  • Works and Employment First customers will continue to receive services at 200 Peridot through the Department of Human Services.

To schedule an appointment or ask questions, please call (970) 498-6600 or email

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Important Update Regarding Onsite Services

Keeping our customers and staff safe and healthy is at the heart of all we do at Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development (LCEWD).  In doing our part to to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and in compliance with local and state expert guidance, we are serving customers via telephone, email, online, and through limited on-site appointments for our computer lab.

Our computer lab and other resources (fax, copier, and phone) will be available, on an appointment only basis.   Please call 970.498.6600 or email us at to schedule a one-hour time slot.  Customers without a pre-scheduled appointment may not have access to the computer lab.

Important to know when using our computer lab:

  • For safety reasons we are asking customers to wear a mask while in our office.  We can provide you with a mask.
  • The computer and other resources (fax, copier, phone) are available for one-hour appointments for job search activities.
  • To adhere to social distancing requirements; staff assistance will be limited.

All other services will continue via telephone, email, or online.  

We can be reached by telephone at 970-498-6600, or by email at:

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