Press Release: State Labor Dept: 8,486 Regular Initial UI Claims Filed For The Week Ending July 18th

For Immediate Release

Date: July 23, 2020
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations -

(DENVER) -- Today the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) reported that 8,486 regular initial unemployment claims were filed the week ending July 18th. There were also 7,912 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims filed for the same week. Since mid-March, a total of 502,057 regular unemployment initial claims have been filed and a grand total of 646,797 claims, including federal PUA benefits.*

The Department also announced it has paid out over $3.7 billion in unemployment benefits since March 29th. That amount includes regular unemployment benefits, and those filing Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) claims, which provides eligible claimants an extra $600 in federal benefits each week. 

In addition, Colorado county-level initial and continued unemployment claims data released Tuesday for the week ending July 4th is available


Benefits paid since March 29: 
Regular UI: $1.30 Billion

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
(gig workers/self-employed): $428.6 Million

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation
($600/weekly UI benefits to eligible claimants): Apx. $2.04 Billion

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation
(extends unemployment benefits by up to 13 weeks): $748,000

Total: $3.77 Billion                                                                             


Claims by industry and benefits paid 

Benefits paid: Regular UI

Week ending July 18: $80.9 Million


Top 10 industries with highest initial claims for week ending July 4th 

#1 Accommodation and Food Services: 825 (11.5% of claims for week)

#2 Healthcare and Social Service: 772 (10.8%)

#3 Administrative and Support and
     Waste Management and Remediation Services: 764 (10.7%)

#4 Retail Trade: 645 (9.0%)  

#5 Education Services: 561 (7.8%)

#6 Professional and Technical Services: 536 (7.5%)

#7 Manufacturing: 531 (7.4%)

#8 Construction: 491 (6.9%)

#9 Transportation and Warehousing: 340 (4.7%)

#10 Wholesale Trade: 283 (4.0%)


* Initial claims are claims filed to establish benefit eligibility. Initial claims are considered a reliable leading indicator of economic activity. All applications filed are those applications for benefits filed with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and may not have been through various eligibility determination e.g. wage verification, etc. 


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