Updated information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Larimer County

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The Unemployment Insurance (UI) system is administered by the State of Colorado not Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development and is primarily an online system. Claimants are encouraged to file online at colorado.gov

If you have lost your job or have reduced hours or wages you may be eligible for unemployment benefits.  

Please refer to this worksheet before filing your claim to determine which benefits you might be eligible for.  Still have questions?  Watch the recently recorded May 4, 2020 Colorado Unemployment Insurance Town Hall in English and in Spanish.

Important Unemployment Insurance Updates

  • If you have exhausted your regular unemployment benefits you may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Emergency Compensation. You will be asked to refile a claim.  File for extended benefits.
  • All eligible claimants will receive the extra $600/week benefit available under the CARES Act. The $600/week will be added to your regular benefit when you request payment on your claim. You do not need to take any action other than continue your regular payment request process. These benefits are retroactive to March 29, 2020.
  • On April 20, 2020, UI will begin taking unemployment benefit applications under the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), paying the additional $600 per week in unemployment benefits and launch other new points of access for unemployed workers to obtain information. Self-employed and gig workers: you will need to provide either a 2018 or 2019 tax return as part of your application. Claimants do not need to take action to receive the additional $600 weekly benefit amount. More information will be posted on this Colorado Department of Labor and Employment page as it becomes available.

Need to file an unemployment claim?  View the COVID-19 guide to filing for UI benefits.

  • If your last name begins with the letter A - M, file a claim on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or after 12 noon on Saturday.
  • If your last name begins with the letter N - Z, file a claim on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or before 12 noon on Saturday.

Other tips when filing a claim for Unemployment Insurance:

  • While filing the claim, click the Save & Finish Later button often, and click File a Claim to return to the last page you saved.  Claims must be completed and submitted within 24 hours or the information is not retained! 
  • File during non-peak hours (evenings after 8 p.m., late nights, early mornings). It may improve your experience.
  • You must provide information about the reason you are no longer working for all employers from the last 18 months. If you have a lot of information to include, it is best if you type up this information before you start, then copy/paste at the appropriate time.
  • Once finished, click Submit one time. When the claim is successfully submitted, you will receive a confirmation page and number.
  • The application to file a claim will be unavailable daily from 6 to 8 p.m. for maintenance.

To expand access, UI claimants may call-in to file a claim. The number of UI telephone lines has been increased and there is a high volume of callers. Call 1.800.388.5515 (outside of Denver) or 1.303.318.9000 (Denver).

General UI Claim Information

  • PIN numbers are typically only sent via a computer-generated system.  However, due to the high volume of claims, UI has been emailing or using a phone recording system to send out PINs.  If you receive a PIN by phone or email, this is legitimate!
  • If you need a PIN reset or did not receive a PIN, the options are to call 888.550.2800 or online by clicking here.
  • If you are unable to access the MyUI system, you can request payment by calling 1.800.550.2800.
  • We're not the only ones asking questions and finding answers. Check out this video, a Town Hall Meeting with the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and the Director of the Division of Unemployment Insurance.
  • Requesting payment every two weeks keeps your claim active.  If you haven't received a PIN before the first date you are to request payment, please contact 1.800.388.5515.
  • Please remember to report UI income and any income changes if you are receiving food assistance through the Department of Human Services. 
  • The requirement for claimants to perform work-search activities has been waived.  All claimants must still register for work at connectingcolorado.com even if you are job attached.
  • The standard waiting-week requirement before benefits can be paid has been waived.  This waiver applies to all claimants regardless of the reason for filing for any waiting week not yet served as of 03/15/20 and later until the Governor’s Executive Order expires.

Important Reminders about Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development Services:

  • Please note we do not have access to the details of your individual claim, as we are not the UI Office. We are here to assist you with job search and can answer general UI questions. Your question could be featured next week!  You can reach us at 970.498.6600 or lcewd-workforceconnections@larimer.org.
  • Many Workforce Connections team members are working remotely and may return your call from a private number. Please be sure we can leave you a message. 

Would you like assistance with your job search? Connect with the Workforce Connections Team. Call 970.498.6600 or email lcewd-workforceconnections@larimer.org

  • Assistance registering with the statewide job search engine, Connecting Colorado, which is a requirement for UI benefits
  • Maximizing your online job search, including your Connecting Colorado account
  • Utilizing other online tools/resources for your job search, i.e., LinkedIn
  • Resume reviews*
  • Customizing your resume to a specific job description
  • Cover letter review/assistance
  • Interview prep/mock interviews
  • Career exploration  

*If the only assistance you want is to have your resume reviewed, submit directly through your Connecting Colorado account.  On your dashboard, look for the “Toolbox” and click on “Resume Review.” Your resume will be reviewed and feedback provided to you via email within five (5) business days.

For additional resources for your job search visit larimer.org/ewd.

Local employers are actively hiring.  View current job openings.

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Published on: 
Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 3:43pm
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