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Workforce Services

We are shifting many of our support services to digital platforms in an effort to keep serving employers and job seekers in our Denver community, while protecting their health and safety.

Rapid Response Information Calls

Starting the week of March 23, Denver Workforce Services will be providing Rapid Response Information Calls over the phone on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10-10:30 a.m. & 2-2:30 p.m. During these phone calls, we will provide information about a wide range of services and benefits, including:

  • Unemployment insurance
  • Connecting to career counseling and job search assistance
  • Resume preparation and interviewing skills workshops

Register today to receive the call-in number and workshop access codes.

Now Hiring! Teleconference Series

Denver Workforce Services has created this new Teleconference Series to keep job seekers connected to employers during this time. Starting March 23, two employers will host via phone these teleconferences Monday-Friday at 10:30-11 a.m., 11-11:30 a.m., 1-1:30 p.m., and 1:30-2 p.m.

Register today and to connect with employers, listen to their current employment needs, and ask them questions just like you would in person.

You can reach the Workforce Services team at

Virtual Job Fair

We have converted our in-person hiring events into a month-long Virtual Job Fair. From March 16 – April 16, you are able to access online all the employers and opportunities that would have been at our job fairs.

Accessing the Virtual Job Fair:

Some of the employers we are currently working with include: American Automation Building Solutions, Amazon, Inc., Code 4 Security Services, LLC, Colorado Laborers & Contractors Education & Training  Fund, Colorado Premium Foods, Denver Public Schools, DJEATC, Drury Inn & Suites Hotel Denver Stapleton, Elitch Gardens, Epicurean Catering, First Nation Group, LLC, Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado, LeaderQuest, Ouray Sportwear, Performance Driven Workforce, RemX - The Workforce Experts, Retail Odyssey, Schwans, Soderberg Masonry, Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions & Waterworks Aquatics. This list is being updated daily, so make sure to check back frequently.

Online Services Available

We encourage you to visit us at for job seeker and employer services

One on one Services Available via Phone or Email:

Workforce Services 50+ Job Club

We will share more job assistance resources as they are developed. 


Unemployment Insurance

Some helpful information about unemployment insurance – one caveat –there may be changes to amounts, duration, and in other areas as this is a fluid situation and there may be legislation that is passed quickly that could change some of the info.  We will update as changes may happen.

Unemployment Insurance Details

If an employer stops work (for whatever reason), it is considered a layoff or partial separation. Employees during the temporary shut-down may file a claim to collect unemployment insurance benefits as job attached claimants. They would still be required to meet the eligibility requirements during any weeks they claimed.

Eligibility Requirements:

Colorado law requires all persons 18 years and older to provide proof that they are lawfully present in the United States before receiving unemployment benefits. You must provide one of the following forms of identification (ID):

  • Valid Colorado driver's license or a valid Colorado ID card.
  • United States military ID card or a military dependent ID card.
  • United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner card.
  • Native American tribal document.
  • Valid driver's license or ID card issued by another state or Canada. U.S. Passport

The benefits might change as they did during the last major downturn.  If eligible for unemployment, you can receive between 50% and 60% of your average weekly wage during the base period. The CDLE applies two different formulas to determine your weekly benefit amount and pays you whichever number is higher:

  • The first formula begins with the total wages paid for the highest two consecutive quarters in the base period. The total earnings for this six-month period are divided by 26 (the number of weeks in the six-month period). That number is then multiplied by 0.6 to determine your weekly benefit amount. According to Colorado law, this weekly benefit amount currently cannot exceed $561 per week, or be less than $25.
  • The second formula begins with the total wages paid in the 12-month base period and divides that total by 52 (the number of weeks in a year). That number is then divided by 2 to determine your weekly benefit amount. According to Colorado law, this weekly benefit amount currently cannot exceed $618 per week or be less than $25.

The initial processing time for a claim takes four to six weeks, then if it is determined you qualify to receive payment, you are paid every two weeks from a fund paid by employers. The first payment you may receive is postponed by one week’s worth of payment, called the waiting week.

In Colorado, the Department of Labor and Employment handles unemployment benefits and determines eligibility on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must meet the following three eligibility requirements in order to collect unemployment benefits in Colorado:

  • Your past earnings must meet certain minimum thresholds.
  • You must be unemployed through no fault of your own, as defined by Colorado law.
  • You must be able and available to work and actively seeking employment.

How the Benefits Are Calculated?

Pay is based and examined of separation from your most recent employer and any other employer(s) that you worked for during a predetermined 12-month period of time called the "base period". You must have earned at least $2,500 in wages to receive unemployment insurance benefits.

It is critical that you understand your unemployment insurance compensation rights, responsibilities and/or benefits. If you need assistance in understanding this document, call 303-318-9000 or 1-800-388-5515 (outside Denver-metro area).

Learn more about unemployment insurance and how to file.