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The Unemployment Insurance (UI) system in administered by the State of Colorado NOT Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development. 

Unemployment Insurance provides partial wage replacement to workers who have become unemployed through no fault of their own.  

  • Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has a variety of resources for workers and employers impacted by COVID-19.  View the  most up to date information on Colorado Unemployment Insurance.
  • CDLE has developed a COVID-19 Pandemic Scenarios and Benefits Available Guide.  You can refer to this guide to help determine which benefits you could receive. 
  • Unemployment Insurance Guide:  This handbook is designed to provide a basic understanding of the unemployment benefit process. The initial processing time for a claim takes four to six weeks.  If it is determined you qualify to receive payment, you are paid every two weeks from a fund paid by employers. 
  • The online application for Unemployment Insurance is currently available in English only. If you need interpretation services, please call 303-318-9000 or 1-800-388-5515 (outside Denver-metro area) during business hours. 
  • Prior to collecting Unemployment benefits, you must register with your local workforce center. To register, go to, a work-search website that can connect you to more than 10,000 job openings. You can also register in-person at any workforce center located throughout the state. 
  • Colorado has reinstated work search requirements for receiving unemployment benefits.  If you receive a letter stating your job attached status has ended, THIS WILL NOT INTERRUPT your Unemployment Insurance benefits.   However, it does mean you may have to complete work search activities every week to be paid benefits.  Please refer to the information on unemployment work search page for information on  allowable work search activities.

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