• Brian Senjem

Unemployment - Colorado Dept of Labor

Updated: Mar 25


EMPLOYEES: Main unemployment claim page:  https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/file-claim


EMPLOYERS: If you will have employees filing unemployment claims, this is the general web page regarding responding to job separations:


To expedite the process so that employees can begin receiving benefits as quickly as possible, we recommend registering for online access here:



Because of the high volume of claims, we are asking that you help us help you and our greater community.

If you need to file an unemployment claim and your last name begins with the letter A - M, file a claim on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or after 12 noon on Saturday.

If you need to file an unemployment claim and your last name begins with the letter N - Z, file a claim on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or before 12 noon on Saturday.

Other tips:

  • You may need to clear Cache and Cookies in your browser.

  • While filing the claim, click the Save & Finish Later button often, and click File a Claim to return to the last page you saved.

  • File during non-peak hours (evenings after 8 p.m., late nights, early mornings). It may improve your experience.

  • You must provide information about the reason you are no longer working for all employers from the last 18 months. If you have a lot of information to include, it is best if you type up this information before you start, then copy/paste at the appropriate time.

  • Once finished, click Submit one time. When the claim is successfully submitted, you will receive a confirmation page and number.

We are working to improve the experience and appreciate your patience. The application to file a claim will be unavailable daily from 6 to 8 p.m. for maintenance.

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Information and Resource page:


This is the home page for all information and resources on Coronavirus.  It includes information and links for employers and employees and will be updated regularly as things develop.

Employee Resources: If you work for an employer that closed or reduced hours to help stop the spread of COVID-19, visit these pages regarding filing an unemployment claim:

Main unemployment claim page:  https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/file-claim

Benefits Calculator:  http://www.coworkforce.com/uibEstimator/

NOTE:  When an employee fills out the application for unemployment benefits, there is a question that asks "will you be returning to work for this employer?".  They should answer YES to this question if the intent of the employee and the employer is to have them return to work if and when they're able to.

By answering this way, for up to 16 weeks of unemployment, the employee is exempt from having to look for another job.  This time frame could change based on where things stand in 16-weeks time.  The governor will make the decision to extend this amount of time as necessary.

This is called "job attach" meaning that they are attached to a job but unable to work due to extenuating circumstances.

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