New weekly unemployment claims in state drop to 4,119

DENVER — An additional 4,119 people filed for traditional unemployment benefits in the week ending May 22, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Thursday, virtually unchanged from the week prior.

A total of 877 people filed for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program during the week, an increase of 165 from the week prior.

A total of 145,305 continued claims were filed for some type of state or federally-funded unemployment program in the week of May 15, marking a decrease of 43,122 applicants. The steep drop was attributed to adjustments to remove fraudulent ongoing claims.

The agency also said it revised its reports from Jan. 10 to this week to remove 86,650 regular claims and 5,583 federal claims that were determined to be fraudulent due to incorrect identity validation information being provided.

Officials also revised their figures of how many people were on continued benefits during the period, saying that an average of 27,600 traditional claims and 20,114 federally-funded claims were determined to be fraudulent.

CDLE also reported that 1,567 people applied for the “Colorado Jumpstart” incentive program as of last Sunday. That program gives Coloradans on unemployment a bonus payment of $1,600 if they return to full-time work in May, or $1,200 if they return to work in June. The incentive, which was put into place via executive order from Gov. Jared Polis, applies once the person has been employed for eight weeks.

Nationwide, the U.S. Labor Department said 406,000 Americans filed for unemployment aid, amounting to a drop of 38,000 from the week prior’s adjusted figure and the fourth-straight week of record-low new weekly claims since the onset of the pandemic last March.

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DENVER — An additional 4,119 people filed for traditional unemployment benefits in the week ending May 22, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Thursday, virtually unchanged from the week prior.

A total of 877 people filed for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program during the week, an increase of 165 from the week prior.

A total of 145,305 continued claims were filed for some type of state or federally-funded unemployment program in the week of May 15, marking a decrease of 43,122 applicants. The steep drop was attributed to adjustments to remove fraudulent ongoing claims.

The agency also said it revised its reports from Jan. 10 to this week to remove 86,650 regular claims and 5,583 federal claims that were determined to be fraudulent due to incorrect identity validation information being provided.

Officials also revised their figures of how many people were on continued benefits during the period, saying that an average of 27,600 traditional claims and 20,114 federally-funded claims were determined to be fraudulent.

CDLE also reported that 1,567 people applied for the “Colorado Jumpstart” incentive program as of last Sunday. That program gives Coloradans on unemployment a bonus payment of $1,600 if they return to full-time work in May, or $1,200 if they return to work in June. The incentive, which was put into place via executive order from Gov. Jared Polis, applies once the person has been employed for eight weeks.

Nationwide, the U.S. Labor Department said 406,000 Americans filed for unemployment aid, amounting to a drop of 38,000 from the week…