Out of the over 50,000 federal workers impacted by the shut down in Colorado over 900 of them have filed for unemployment. That’s according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
If you’re one of those furloughed employees you have the right to file. You can start by logging onto Coloradoui.gov and they’ll walk you through the process step by step. The whole application takes a little over an hour.
You will need some documentation including a notification of personnel action or a notice to federal employees about unemployment insurance. They also might ask for a check stub.
Need help filing that claim? Over at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center they’re ready to assist. You can use their computers or phones to file, or their unemployment chat line if you have any questions.
They tell us they’ve already seen some folks impacted by the shutdown.
“They’re confused. They’re scared,” says Tiffany Clark-Trujillo a Customer Service Manager at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. “Really what we can provide at the initial contact is that friendly face.”
“Come on in. We know the steps to at least get you through these first couple days,” Clark-Trujillo added. “Let’s get started. We’ll tackle one thing at a time.”
Keep in mind, the first week you’re eligible for benefits is an unpaid waiting week.
Processing your claim could take anywhere from 4-6 weeks, so now is a good time to start.
You can also call to file that claim. That number is 1-800-388-5515.