The number of new unemployment filings in Colorado rose again last week, with regular initial claims jumping by more than 22% to 9,171 — the highest level since early July and a continuation of an upward trend since filings reached a low of 4,840 in September, according to data from the Colorado Department of Labor and Environment.
The state’s worsening unemployment figures come as the coronavirus pandemic surges again in Colorado and across the country, with case counts and hospitalizations nearing or exceeding their April peak. The latest data were compiled for the week ending Nov. 14 — before state and local officials announced a new round of coronavirus restrictions, including the closure of indoor dining, for many Front Range counties.
CDLE figures show that the restaurant business has been particularly hard-hit by the latest wave of COVID-19 infections, with workers in the “Accommodation and Food Services” industry reporting the highest number of initial unemployment claims for each of the last three weeks. About 1 in 6 Coloradans who reported losing their job last week was employed in the food service sector, according to CDLE.