Press Release: Additional 13 Weeks Now Available for Exhausted Unemployment Claims; $600 Weekly Unemployment Benefit Ending July 25

For Immediate Release

Date: July 17, 2020
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations - cdle_pr@state.co.us


Additional 13 Weeks Now Available for Exhausted Unemployment Claims; $600 Weekly Unemployment Benefit Ending July 25

(DENVER) -- Today the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced the availability of an additional 13 weeks of federal unemployment benefits called Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) for those who have exhausted their regular benefits. PEUC benefits are not automatic however as claimants near the expiration of their regular unemployment they will be notified by mail regarding next steps to file for the additional benefits.

In addition, the Department reminded claimants of the looming expiration of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, which has been providing those receiving regular unemployment benefits with an additional $600 benefit each week.

Unless Congress acts to extend the FPUC program, it will end on July 31.
States do not have the ability to extend the FPUC program. Per Federal rules,  CDLE cannot pay FPUC benefits for incomplete weeks. Since July 31 is a Friday, the last week for which the additional $600 FPUC benefit will be paid is the week ending on Saturday, July 25, 2020. Regular weekly unemployment benefit payments will not be affected, and claimants should continue to request payment as scheduled. 

“We understand that these are challenging times for many Coloradans, but please know that there are many resources available to help,” said Joe Barela, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. “While the future of the additional $600/week benefit is uncertain, there are a number of support services available to those impacted including reemployment help from local Workforce Centers,” he said.

Numerous resources are available to help Coloradans affected by the loss of these additional federal unemployment benefits. A variety of jobseeker services are available throughout Colorado at local Workforce Centers, including job search assistance, career guidance, training, workshops and more. In addition, ConnectingColorado.com, the state’s job bank, has more than 54,000 job openings including thousands of “location-neutral” jobs. More information on rental, food, and medical assistance, as well as other resources, can be found at
OnwardCO.org or ColoradoUI.gov.

The federally-funded FPUC benefits have been paid in addition to regular unemployment benefits since March 29. More than $1.9 billion in FPUC has been paid to date. 

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Colorado Employment Situation June 2020 Monthly Press Call Follow Up July, 17 2020
Below are links to today’s monthly press call about
Colorado Employment Situation for June 2020. 
Talking Points | Video Recording LMI Gateway Colorado 
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