Premium Rates

Each year, we determine premium rates for employers based on a number of factors including the amount of money already paid and unemployment benefit payments made to former employees. Employers must pay annual premiums for each employee's chargeable wages. The chargeable wage limits are:

$11,800 for 2015
$11,700 for 2014
$11,300 for 2013
$11,000 for 2012
$10,000 for 2011 and prior

Standard Rate (New Employers)

New employers begin at a standard rate depending on the type of business activity. Between 2004-2012, the standard rate consisted of three components: a base rate, a solvency surcharge and a surtax.

For 2013, 2014, and 2015, the standard rate consists of two components: a base rate and a bond principal rate. More>

Computed Rate

After an employer has paid wages for a sufficient number of quarters, the rate is eligible for a computed rate based on the experience of the business. More>

Rate Increases

There may be several reasons why your business sees a rate increase. Some of the common reasons include:

  • the average annual payroll increased
  • there were new benefit charges to the account
  • the level of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund decreased
  • the business stopped paying wages for a period of time and lost its computed rate

Claims for Benefits

Premiums are contributions paid by Colorado employers to help protect the economy. We administer these contributions by paying unemployment insurance benefits to persons unemployed through no fault of their own. More>

Bond Principal Repayment

In order to increase the financial health of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and provide relief to Colorado employers, a bond transaction totaling $630 million was secured. The bond payment assessment is added to your premium payments. More>

Rate Protest

If you believe there is an error in the figures used to calculate your rate, you may submit a written protest.


Contact Us

UI Employer Services

cdle_employer_services@state.co.us

303-318-9100 (Denver-metro area)
1-800-480-8299 (outside Denver-metro area)

UI Employer Services
P.O. Box 8789
Denver, CO 80201-8789