Last month’s unemployment rate in Colorado may qualify residents for six additional weeks of emergency unemployment benefits.
A three-month average total unemployment rate of 8.5 percent or higher, according to federal law, allows states to receive Tier IV extended compensation.
The state’s unemployment rate in December, at 8.8 percent, may move Colorado into Tier IV benefits. Thirty-two other states already qualify for this final stage of emergency compensation. Within two weeks, the U.S. Department of Labor will release its official and updated figures for October through December.
Once the Department of Labor confirms the numbers, the additional compensation will be available to Colorado residents who have run out of money on their regular unemployment claims and on other extensions to their unemployment benefits.
Claimants can re-activate claims on the Department of Labor website.