Colorado labor department blames fraud for 63% spike in new unemployment claims

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In the week after Christmas, claims by newly out-of-work Coloradans reached 41,439 for those on regular unemployment, an increase of 63.4% from the prior week. 

The unusually high number wasn’t blamed on the typical cause for spikes during the pandemic — new COVID-19 restrictions that force businesses to limit operations — but rather on fraudsters who targeted the regular unemployment system.

The state Department of Labor and Employment said Thursday it is “conducting a further detailed analysis on the increase.”

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