Press Release: State Labor DEPT: 8,008 Regular Initial UI Claims Filed For The Week Ending July 25th

For Immediate Release

Date: July 30, 2020
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations -

(DENVER) -- Today the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) reported that 8,008 regular initial unemployment claims were filed the week ending July 25th. There were also 9,727 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims filed for the same week. Since mid-March, a total of 510,065 regular unemployment initial claims have been filed and a grand total of 664,532 claims, including federal PUA benefits.* For the week ending July 18th there were 223,298 regular UI continued claims, the lowest weekly total since mid-April.

The Department also announced it has paid out over $4 billion in unemployment benefits since March 29th. That amount includes regular unemployment benefits, those filing Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims, and beginning in early July, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which extends unemployment benefits by an additional 13 weeks. Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), the extra $600/week federal benefit payment, will be paid to all claimants eligible through the week ending July 25th (the expiration date set by Congress). Some FPUC payments may be received after the 25th depending on a claimant’s payment request schedule. 

While regular unemployment benefits will continue unaffected, there will be a gap in payment of any additional benefits until Congress acts to extend the FPUC program, or passes a new program. Claimants will be back paid for any weeks that are owed, depending on the effective date determined by Congress.

Benefits paid since March 29: 

Regular UI: $1.37 Billion

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
(gig workers/self-employed): $469.7 Million

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation
($600/weekly UI benefits to eligible claimants): Apx. $2.18 Billion

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation
(extends unemployment benefits by up to 13 weeks): $6.0 Million

Total: $4.02 Billion


Claims by industry and benefits paid

Benefits paid: Regular UI
Week ending July 25: $76.6 Million

Top 10 industries with highest initial claims for week ending July 11th 
#1 Accommodation and Food Services: 793 (11.2% of claims for week)
#2 Healthcare and Social Service: 767 (10.9%)
#3 Administrative and Support and
     Waste Management and Remediation Services: 742 (10.5%)
#4 Manufacturing: 702 (10.0%)
#5 Retail Trade: 655 (9.3%)  
#6 Construction: 563 (8.0%)
#7 Professional and Technical Services: 516 (7.3%)
#8 Education Services: 398 (5.6%)
#9 Wholesale Trade: 314 (4.5%)
#10 Other Services: 308 (4.4%)

Colorado county-level initial and continued unemployment claims data released this week for the week ending July 11th is available here.

* 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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