Colorado unemployment benefits held up |

Colorado unemployment benefits held up

Allison Sherry
The Denver Post

Out-of-work Coloradans eligible for a 20-week extension in unemployment benefits will have to wait until the end of August to get paid, even though a new law providing those benefits took effect July 1, state officials said Tuesday.

By August, between 5,000 and 6,000 people will be due money, said Steve Fowler, director of unemployment insurance at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Those who qualify for the extension will get payments retroactive to July 1.

The new law, Senate Bill 247, signed by Gov. Bill Ritter in June, would, among other things, grant another 20 weeks of unemployment benefits to Coloradans looking for work.

Fowler said the department has been working “diligently” on figuring out who qualifies for the benefits extension since May, when the bill passed, but the department’s limited resources have slowed the process.

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