Colorado Unemployment Requirements

In order to start your unemployment, CO unemployment requirements include the following:

1. You are totally unemployed. Depending on your vocation and industry, you may qualify for unemployment if you have had your hours reduced.
2. You have worked and earned a minimum amount of wages in work covered by unemployment tax during the past 18 months.
3. You have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you were laid-off you will qualify for unemployment. In most cases, if you were fired for cause - you will not be eligible to collect unemployment. If you were fired for cause, you SHOULD apply for unemployment anyway, just in case you are eligible to get it.
4. You are able and available for work. If you are unable to work because of disability or medical condition, you may not meet the Colorado unemployment requirements, but you should apply anyway. If you are not eligible for unemployment, you may be eligible to collect disability benefits, and the case worker at the unemployment office will be able to direct you on how to apply for disability.
5. You are registered for work at your local Workforce Development Center. You must do this when you apply for unemployment, and every week when you certify your weekly claim.
6. You are actively seeking work. You must apply to a minimum of two jobs per week.

To continue receiving weekly unemployment benefits, CO unemployment requirements state that you must file a 'weekly claim' by doing the following:

1. Meet all of the CO unemployment requirements listed above.
2. Apply for at least two jobs each week.
3. Contact the Colorado unemployment office to file your 'weekly claim'. You can do this via phone or on the internet.

Toll Free: 1-800-388-5515 - Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Office Colorado Unemployment Website

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# Brian 2010-12-13 13:05
I recently quit my sales job, and I'm wondering if there's any chance I would qualify for unemployment. Here is what happened:

I took a commission-only job selling windows in September of 2009 (I had never done direct sales before, but I felt I had to take the job, considering the state of the economy). Although I was doing much better in the summer, I still had a 28% closing rate at the time of the following incident.

The evening before Thanksgiving, I was visiting a homeowner and she had concerns about the language of our financing forms, and also a question on how the outside trim would look. I decided to call my boss (standard protocol) and see if he could better address these issues, since she was pretty much ready to purchase. My boss got very angry, and spent over 20 minutes yelling at me. From his point of view, I should not have been getting these kinds of objections at this point, since an effective sales rep has better control of homeowners. I actually had to go outside so the homeowner wouldn't hear him.

He concluded by saying that was why I wasn't selling well lately. He said I didn't know how to control people.

Though I always had a good working relationship with this boss, I knew he had a habit of not controlling his temper. (He had yelled at other workers in the same manner in the past. One incident lasted nearly 45 minutes.)

I decided to quit (though I offered to run leads until my position was filled). I was under some emotional strain (a former co-worker had just died of brain cancer, and my own father was about to have major surgery to remove an aneurysm) which certainly was having an effect on me. Also, I was on call 6 days a week for this job, and was going to long, unpaid meetings 2-3 times a week.

I had to use my own vehicle and pay for my own gas, and was driving at times 3-4 hours a day. I also had several major repairs done to my car, and still was having issues with it.

I felt there was no way I could really put in time to find another job while doing this one. I was very uncertain about my income, since half of the sales reps were not selling very well in the fall.

In conclusion, I did quit, but I felt it was under considerable duress. I have never quit a job in this manner before. In fact, most of my jobs I stayed with the company over 5 years.

Thank you for any insight and advice.

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# Lisa M 2011-01-13 21:08
Is it fraud if you are fired for cause, and you know you were terminated, to collect unemployment? A person I know was fired, and they filed for unemployment and lied and said they did not know why they were was terminated; so they awarded him the benefits stating he was laid off due to lack of work. Is this fraud? He lied, and the government believed him.
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# sarah 2011-02-28 17:39
I may have to quit my current job because my husbands job is being relocated in Denver. Will I be eligible for unemployment in Denver until I find a new job?
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# Ed 2011-03-08 18:58
What are the requirements to collect unemployment if your hours have been reduced to below full time?
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# Jennifer 2011-05-08 17:54
If I were to lose my job due to a loss of money with the company due to accepting a fraudulent check would i be eligible for unemployment.
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# harold 2011-06-15 11:35
I was wondering if i can file unemployement while using my Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits? I was trying to look online for any helpful info. but most of the answers i got was that it was the states decision. Can anyone help me out?
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# Christine 2011-07-28 15:22
My son has been laid off his job because he is still recovering from an accident injury and not yet able to return to work. Does he qualify for unemployment during his rehab therapy?
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# jess 2011-10-10 11:23
im getting a job as a ticket sales person on a moutain in colorado it is seasonal i was wondering if i would be able to collect unemployement in the summer season if i work on the moutain for 5 months during the winter season
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# Lucia 2011-11-12 11:43
I have been receiving most of my income from Colorado State but I am a resident of another state. Is being a Colorado State resident required to receive unemployment benefits from Colorado?
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# elva 2012-02-22 17:02
We have been working the last year without a contract full time in one district, Know we have been informed that they finally renewed contract but now they want us to work 6 days a week mon- sat. just a couple of hours in that one location vs being there all the time. So now we have to make up our hours in a wide range of locations and different hours but it will still equal full time. my boss said I could quit and she would not contest it, but I am worried that I shpould not do this, she is refusing to lay me off. I cant do the different locations and days that she wants me to do now.
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# Shawn 2012-07-03 13:03
My husband is collecting Colorado Unemployment Benefits which has been helping us get by. I found out I'm to be unemployed myself by December and at the same time was offered a different and totally unrelated job opportunity in Florida. If I take the job in Florida it pays less than I make now but more than unemployement. Point is we dont know how to make ends meet if my husband is still unsuccessful in his job search if the move means he loses benefits. Can he still collect Colorado benefits if we move to Florida?
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# Rachee 2012-11-07 11:50
I currently work at the holiday inn express and I an unable to work a certain shift, so the manager put that I called in certain days and I still have to have my regular days off, so what I am getting at is, what am I suppose to do, can I collect unemployment for lack of hours. I am suppose to be full time but she is not working with me, she just won't let me work around it.
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# Steven 2012-12-12 23:53
I was working out of state for the thirteen months prior to coming back home to Colorado in July 2012. I was working as an employee for a contractor until two weeks ago the work has dried up and I am now without work. Do I qualify for any unemployment benefits?
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# Chuck 2012-12-19 22:32
Four years ago I retired from the federal government and began receiving a monthly retirement annuity. Shortly after I retired from the federal government I was employed full time by another company in the state of Colorado. I have recently been terminated from that company as a result of their losing a contract. I am now applying for unemployment from that company. Will my federal retirment annutity be counted as income and as such reduce my unemployment insurance?
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# Juanita 2013-01-09 13:28
I have only lived in Colorado since February 2012. I have been working for a staffing agency doing temporary jobs since April 2012. The job I am currently on (have been here for 7.5 months) is ending at the end of January. If I do not find another job by that time, will I be eligible for unemployment benefits during the time I am not working but looking for another job?
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# sc 2013-02-14 18:48
I and my employer have recently decided that it is time for me to take retirement (no retirement $ forthcoming from company) due to deteriorating health from Parkinson's disease. I am not eligible for Social Security Disability benefits for at least another year. Am I eligible to receive unemployment benefits. I have been working steadily in Colorado since 1975
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# Christy 2013-02-17 01:46
I have worked for this company for 4 years now, when I was hired on I was promised to be put in a store 15 min from my house. I was informed today that I am being transferred to a store 40 min from my house. I am not receiving any compensation or this move. Is this something I could claim to receive unemployment until I get another job?
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# pink lady 2013-06-24 18:37
I have recently been laid off from my decent paying job, but still have a very small source of income from a commission based job, can I still file for unemployment?
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# Susan 2013-08-28 09:57
If I have worked for my company for my trial period of 2 months, and have been fired after those two months, can I get unemployment? I read somewhere that I need to have earned a certain amount of money in that time frame before I was eligible. I don't know how to find out what the minimum is for me. Is there a simple way to find this information out?
Thank you for your help!
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# Lou 2017-08-27 11:31
I had to move, and it is taking a long time, 4 weeks. I stayed in contact with my boss weekly, about my situation, but now he has fired me. Can I get unemployment?
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# Mary 2017-10-31 07:07
I left my job to start a small business in home. It has been 5 months and it failed. Am I eligible for benefits? It made no money and all of my savings and my 401k, is depleted.
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