DENVER — An additional 8,566 people filed for unemployment benefits in the week ending June 27, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said, bringing that weekly figure below 10,000 for the first time in months.
An additional 6,173 self-employed and gig workers applied for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance in the week. A total of 128,516 claimants have requested those federal benefits for workers traditionally not eligible for state-level unemployment benefits over the past 15 weeks.
If asked to identify any emerging theme resulting from the events of 2020, I’d have to say that we are challenging historical norms at a record-setting pace. There is a large degree of discord in our political system regarding the state of our economy and the suggestions on how to fix it are endless.
The figure for continuing claims was at 236,400 Coloradans in the week ending June 20, continuing a see-saw pattern where that rate has generally ranged between the 243,000 to 265,000 range every other week.
Colorado distributed $81.8 million in regular unemployment-insurance payments in the week, down from $90.4 million the prior week.
Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Labor said 1.42 million Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits, a drop of 55,000 from the week prior but more than forecasted. In a separate data release, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said the country regained 4.8 million jobs in June, dropping the unemployment rate to 11.1%. Notably, an estimated 2.1 million of those jobs were in hospitality and leisure.