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Welcome to the Larimer County Workforce Center!
Youth Friendly Employers Update
NEW** UPDATED Youth Friendly Employer Listing
The Youth Friendly Employers List identifies 175+ local businesses that hire youth ages 14-18. Available in English & Spanish.
This information provided is subject to change.
Unemployment Insurance provides partial wage replacement to workers who have become unemployed through no fault of their own.
The Unemployment Insurance (UI) office recently changed the process for customers filing unemployment claims by phone. The phone line will only be available to customers who have barriers to filing online claims. Barriers include not having reliable computer access, complex claims, disability barriers, etc. To file a claim in Spanish, please call (866) 422-0402.
If a customer contacts the UI Customer Service line and does not have a barrier to filing their claim, the customer will be asked to file their claim online and the call will disconnect. If you need access to a computer to file your claim, please visit one of the LCWC locations at 200 W. Oak St., Fort Collins or 418 E. 4th St., Loveland.
How do I File a Claim for Unemployment Insurance? (Apply)
What Information do I need to have available when filing?
- Your social security number
- Alien permit number (if not a citizen)
- Last employer’s name, address, dates employed, rate of pay, reason(s) you are no longer working, and last paystub or current W2 form
- You will need the names, addresses, and dates of employment for all employers you worked for during the last 18 months, including employment outside of Colorado
- If you were in the military or worked for the federal government, please have available such forms as DD214, SF 8, and SF 50
When Should I File a Claim?
On the first day that you are unemployed, or that your hours are reduced to less than full-time, you may file a claim for benefits. You cannot be paid unemployment insurance benefits for any time before the date you actually file a claim. We strongly recommend that you use the “estimate your potential benefits” tool on the www.colorado.gov/cdle website. This tool can help you determine the best time to file your claim. Sometimes waiting a week or two can actually increase your payments. Please be aware that the first week you are eligible for benefits is an unpaid waiting week.
What Should I Expect After Filing a Claim?
After your claim has been filed, you will receive various letters and forms in the mail, as well as an Unemployment Insurance handbook that explains your rights and responsibilities while receiving benefits. Please read the handbook carefully and follow the instructions in the letters and on the forms. Once your claim has been submitted to the Unemployment Insurance office, you will need to register with your local Workforce Center at www.connectingcolorado.com.