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

*Please note there have been significant changes to the online Unemployment Benefits System.   After a system upgrade, the Colorado Benefits System has reopened.  However, the system is NOT yet ready to handle the new 11 weeks of extended federal jobless payments for gig works and those who've exhausted state benefits.  

  • Federal Unemployment Insurance Programs (PUA) (PEUC) (SEB).  As you may know, legislation has been signed into law extending several federal pandemic-related benefit programs, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). The legislation provides eligible claimants with up to 11 additional weeks of eligibility for PUA benefits, through March 13, 2021.  It may be take until early February for the new computer system is programmed to correctly distribute these benefits.   Those claimants who must wait for the reprogrammed system will be eligible for retroactive pay.   There is no action needed by claimants at this time.  
  • Those  who have a regular unemployment claim can login and request a payment.  
    • Navigate to MyUI+
      • Request a password change.  Once password is changed you can request a payment in one of two ways.
        • From the navigation links on the left side of the page, click on Request Benefit Payment and then click on Start Weekly Certification.
        • From the Home Page dashboard, scroll to Pending Weekly Certifications and then click on Start Weekly Certification.
  • Extended support hours are available through January 22, 2021.  303-536-5615 (English and Spanish)
    Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (January 11 through January 22)
    Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (after January 22)

Unemployment Insurance:  Get the latest updates on all Unemployment Insurance programs.  Visit the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment News and Alerts page regularly for updates.  

Work-search requirements are in place. You are 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.  

Get connected to additional resources

  • United Way is coordinating efforts of many local community resources. Go to  to find an updated list.
  • For food assistance and other cash benefits, please visit coloradopeak.

Local employers are actively hiring.  View current job openings.

Would you like assistance with your job search? Connect with the Workforce Connections Team. Call 970.498.6600 or email

  • 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 
  • General questions on Unemployment Insurance.  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.  

*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.

Published on: 
Sunday, January 10, 2021 - 8:30am

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