Nearly 30,000 out-of-work Coloradans requested an unemployment payment on the state’s upgraded computer system by Sunday evening after a long-awaited technology update was completed.
The new system, called MyUI+, was only available to people on regular unemployment, or folks whose employers paid into the state’s unemployment insurance fund.
As expected, people who don’t qualify for regular employment but are eligible for federal benefits must wait at least another week — or even until early February — before the new computer system is programmed to correctly distribute more federal benefits for self-employed and gig worker relief, called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, or PEUC.
Cher Haavind, deputy director of the state Department of Labor and Employment, said that PUA and PEUC users won’t be able to request a new payment yet. If they try, their accounts will say “exhausted or all available weeks through (Dec. 26) have been paid,” she said.
The system, which began accepting payment requests at 6:30 a.m., also was not available to people filing a new claim or trying to reopen one. It was only available Sunday to those with active regular unemployment claims.
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