Colorado Unemployment Insurance Benefits Eligibility

Eligibility for Colorado Unemployment Insurance Benefits

To be eligible for Colorado unemployment insurance benefits, you must meet all of the following requirements:

Earnings Requirements:

  • You must have earned at least $2,500 in wages during your base period. The base period is typically the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the start date of your claim. However, there may be an alternative base period available in certain circumstances.
  • You must have earned wages in at least two different calendar quarters during your base period.

Work Search Requirements:

  • You must be able and available to work. This means you must be physically and mentally able to work, and you must be available to accept full-time work.
  • You must be actively seeking work. This means you must be making a good-faith effort to find new employment. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has specific guidelines for what constitutes active work search.

Separation from Employment:

  • You must be unemployed through no fault of your own. This means you must have lost your job through no fault of your own, such as due to a layoff, plant closure, or reduction in force.
  • You cannot have quit your job voluntarily without good cause.
  • You cannot have been fired for misconduct.

Other Requirements:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or a legally authorized immigrant.
  • You must be registered for work with the CDLE.
  • You must be willing to attend job search workshops and training programs if required by the CDLE.

Additional Resources:

Please note: This is just a general overview of eligibility requirements. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has the final say on whether or not you are eligible for benefits.

I recommend that you visit the CDLE website or contact them directly to get the most up-to-date information and to determine if you are eligible for Colorado unemployment insurance benefits.

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