Daily Camera (Boulder)

Claims in state in­crease to 5,892

- By Dan Mika Business · Employment · Society · Colorado · United States Department of Labor · United States of America · Unemployment

An ad­di­tional 5,892 peo­ple filed for traditiona­l un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fits in the week end­ing Oct. 3, the Colorado Depart­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment said Thurs­day, an in­crease of just more than 1,000 from the week prior.

State la­bor of­fi­cials use 5,000claims-per-week as a bench­mark be­cause that was the weekly av­er­age of claims made dur­ing the height of the Great Re­ces­sion dur­ing 2009 and 2010.

A to­tal of 2,309 peo­ple in Colorado ap­plied for state-level Pan­demic Un­em­ploy­ment As­sis­tance in the week end­ing Oct. 3, which is as­sis­tance for gig work­ers, the self-em­ployed and oth­ers who wouldn’t nor­mally qual­ify for reg­u­lar ben­e­fits. That amounts to a drop of a lit­tle more than 100 from the week be­fore.

The num­ber of reg­u­lar con­tin­u­ing claims was at 126,274 Coloradans in the week end­ing Sept. 19, amount­ing to a drop of about 17,000 peo­ple. Con­tin­ued claims for pan­demic-spe­cific as­sis­tance was at 64,741 as of Oct. 3.

Mean­while, a state-led emer­gency un­em­ploy­ment com­pen­sa­tion pro­gram rose sharply from 27,338 re­cip­i­ents in the week of Sept. 26 to 44,183 in the week end­ing Oct. 3.

The amount of reg­u­lar ben­e­fits paid out by the depart­ment de­clined by $6.6 mil­lion from the prior week to $48 mil­lion.

In a call with re­porters, CDLE se­nior econ­o­mist Ryan Ged­ney said 692,000 Coloradans have re­ceived some kind of ben­e­fit from the state in 2020, amount­ing to about 22% of the state’s work­force in 2019.

Na­tion­wide, the U.S. La­bor Depart­ment said 840,000 Amer­i­cans filed for first-time ben­e­fits in the week, a slight in­crease from 837,000 from the week prior.

Those fig­ures are not di­rectly com­pa­ra­ble to the last sev­eral months of na­tional claims fig­ures be­cause of a change in how the fed­eral agency ad­justs for sea­sonal em­ploy­ment. State la­bor of­fi­cials do not sea­son­ally ad­just their weekly claims along­side the U.S. Depart­ment of La­bor’s fig­ures.

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