Colorado Unemployment

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When should you apply for unemployment benefits?

The optimal time to apply for a Colorado unemployment benefits claim is when your hours have been cut or you are no longer working. Benefit claims are not retroactive, so you won’t be paid for any time prior to when you file a claim. This means to file your claim right away. If your benefit claim is accepted, your benefits will not begin until after the one-week unpaid waiting period.

How to file a claim in Colorado state:

In Colorado you can file for unemployment benefits two different ways.

  • The first way is to file for benefits online by going to the following web page:  Colorado Labor and Employment
  • The second way is to file for unemployment via telephone by calling 1.800.388.5515.

Once a claim is filed, a person must also complete, sign and return the Colorado Claim for Unemployment Insurance Benefits Form UIB-1.   The Contacts section below has the link to the Colorado Forms page where you can download and print out the form.

Information needed to apply for unemployment benefits:

The following information is needed in order to file a claim for unemployment benefits in Colorado. It is best that you have this information at your fingertips when you begin the application filing process. If you do not have all the necessary information you may not be able to complete your initial claim.

  • Your name and all past names you have used while working.
  • Your home address and mailing address (if different)
  • Your state issued driver’s license or ID card number
  • The last date you worked for any employer
  • The reason you are no longer working
  • Information on all employers you worked for during the 18 months prior to filing your claim, including: name, period of employment, wages earned and how you were paid.

For more information on filing a claim for unemployment insurance benefits in Colorado, please see the Contacts section below.

Appealing a claim determination:

Unfortunately, just because you file a claim does not mean that your claim will be accepted.  If your claim is denied, you will be able to appeal the decision. Here is the link to information on appealing an unemployment claim in Colorado: Appeals


Department of Labor & Employment in Colorado
Colorado Unemployment Insurance Information
Unemployment Forms & Publications

Colorado forms and publications
Frequently Asked Unemployment Benefits Questions
Claim Appeal Information / Appeal FAQs




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