Those who are unemployed in Colorado can expect to see a new unemployment benefits system, recently launched by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE).
The system, called MyUI+, was launched on Jan. 10 and replaces the MyUI Claimant system used by those who receive regular unemployment benefits and the PUA Online System used by those who receive federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. The MyUI+ system consolidates both systems into a single modern platform, a press release from the CDLE.
The new system, which has been in the works since 2017 in an effort to modernize the stateĺs unemployment system, was supposed to launch in the spring of last year. But due to the pandemic, the CDLE focused toward establishing CARES Act programs and assisting a large number of Coloradans who were filing for unemployment.
The new MyUi+ system can be found by visiting the MyUI+page on ColoradoUI.gov. The website features tutorial videos and more. Claimants who are looking to call for MyUI+ help can dial 303-536-5615.
Since the pandemic began in mid-March, around 756,534 regular initial unemployment claims have been filed in Colorado, according to the state. During the week ending on Jan. 9, the CDLE reported that 14,123 regular initial unemployment claims were filed. Nationwide 140,000 jobs were lost in December. The United States Labor Department estimates that more than 18 million Americans are currently collecting unemployment benefits.
In response to the pandemic, the CDLE and others hold regular, no-cost training in an effort to get Coloradans rehired.
Here is a list of trainings and resources for those who are looking for a job:
Jan. 20, 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Careers in Tech
Jan. 21, 1:30 p.m.: Resume Workshop
Jan. 22, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.: How to Negotiate a Salary
You can learn more about workshops and other training services the state offers by visiting cdle.colorado.gov.
For help finding a job, you can visit the stateĺs jobs database at ConnectingColorado.com. The website offers a variety of careers that have job openings for CDL-A truck drivers, registered nurses, customer service representatives and more.
Last Thursday, President-elect Joe Biden introduced a $1.9 trillion package that if passed by Congress, would increase unemployment benefits from $300 to $400 per week through September.
With $600 economic impact payments being sent out to Americans, Biden is calling for another round of stimulus payments. This time, Americans may be eligible to receive up to $1,400. Those without Social Security numbers, usually those who are undocumented, werenĺt eligible for stimulus payments in the first two rounds. It is unknown whether or not they would qualify for a possible upcoming stimulus payment under Bidenĺs proposal.