Unemployment Insurance Worker FAQs

Below are Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to Colorado’s Unemployment Insurance Program. Check this page regularly for the latest information.


Q. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits if:


I work part time and my employer reduced hours to zero for the next 30 days.
A: Yes, if you are working fewer than 32 hours a week and earning less than the weekly amount of unemployment benefits pay (approximately 55 percent of your average wage over a 12-month time period), you may receive unemployment benefits.

I work for a ski resort who closed for one week
A: Yes. If you are not working, you can file a claim (or reopen a claim you filed in the last 12 months if money remains on the claim). If you file a new claim, you must serve one unpaid waiting week before any payments can be issued. However, a claim is active for one year (52 weeks), and you may be paid unemployment benefits for any weeks you are unemployed in the next year.

I work for an entertainment venue full time and my hours were reduced
A: Yes, if you are working fewer than 32 hours a week and earning less than the weekly amount that unemployment benefits pay (approximately 55 percent of your average wage over a 12-month time period), you may receive unemployment benefits.

I tested positive for COVID-19 and am quarantined for 14 days
A: Undetermined at this point pending federal proposal and proposed emergency rules.

I have flu-like symptoms and my employer asked me to self quarantine
A: Undetermined at this point pending federal proposal and proposed emergency rules.

My employer laid off all employees
A: Yes. If you are not working, you can file a claim (or reopen a claim you filed in the last 12 months if money remains on the claim). If you file a new claim, you must serve one unpaid waiting week before any payments can be issued.

Q. How do I file a claim?
coloradoui.gov/fileaclaim.

Q: How long before I receive unemployment?
A: It may take as little as 2 weeks but as many as 6 to complete the processing, depending on how many employers are a part of the claim. The first eligible week is an unpaid waiting week before any payments can be issued.

How much does unemployment pay?
A: Unemployment benefits are approximately 55 percent of a person's average weekly wage over a 12-month time period. Estimate your potential payments.

Q: If I work them a few hours a week, can I still get federal and state aid?
A: For unemployment insurance, you may still receive partial benefits if you are working fewer than 32 hours a week and earning less than the weekly unemployment benefit amount. You must report all hours worked and earnings, including tips, for the hours worked when you request payment of unemployment benefits.

Q: What other resources exist?
A: A link to other resources CDLE refers our customers: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/more-assistance