Colorado’s unemployment office has seen a historic increase in the number of people filing for benefits over the last three years. There’s also been a surge in the number of people who are appealing decisions made by the office. Bente Birkeland takes a look behind the numbers.

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2 Responses to Unemployment Benefits in Colorado, Part 1

  1. Joseph C. says:

    The unemployment office needs to hire more phone operators to handle the increased traffic. I’ve been trying to reach the office over the past four days to address an urgent matter. No matter what time of day I call, I always get the message “All operators are busy. Please wait at least two hours to call again.” I also e-mailed them on Monday, but I have yet to get a response.

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