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

  • Unemployment 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 connectingcolorado.com, 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. 

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The Work-Share Program offers an alternative to employers who are considering a reduction in workforce. Employers may be eligible to reduce and “share” employee hours rather than layoff. To compensate for the reduction in hours, employees may receive part of their regular unemployment benefits.

Unemployment Insurance through the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) provides temporary and partial wage replacement to workers who have become unemployed through no fault of their own.