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RBC | The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) announced a three-week campaign to help Colorado’s unemployed workers return to work with virtual hiring events, workshops, job search support and more. Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on Colorado’s workforce, with more than 270,000 people receiving unemployment benefits. This statewide initiative is aimed at helping our state’s workers return to work and our state’s employers fill critical vacancies as the State changes restrictions on the Covid-19 dial.

On Feb. 1, the State reinstated required work search activities for claimants. The “Reemploy Colorado” initiative is aimed at helping these workers fulfill their work search requirements and obtain employment. By law, all unemployment insurance benefits recipients are required to engage in and complete activities that are designed to get them back to work. Examples of valid activities can be found at ColoradoUI.gov/eligibility.

“It’s always been our priority to collaborate with employers across the state and create opportunities for all Coloradans to prosper,” said Joe Barela, Executive Director, CDLE. “Our services and resources are needed now more than ever, and it’s vitally important that we help get jobless Coloradans back into the workforce. As businesses in Yellow and Blue on the Covid-19 dial begin increasing capacity, more employment opportunities will open up for workers. Now would also be an opportune time to consider a career shift to another potential occupation that is hiring. We want job seekers to know we have resources available to help them make those transitions.”

ConnectingColorado.com, the State’s largest job search database, currently has more than 76,000 job opportunities. Connecting Colorado is part of a state and county-run system that delivers immediate, tangible results for job seekers. There are also more than 27,000 location-neutral jobs. Gig workers and self-employed are encouraged to consider location-neutral job opportunities which provide flexible schedules in a work from home environment.

Here are some additional hiring highlights for the week:

Virtual Call Centers:
There are more than 400 virtual call center jobs in Colorado and the Division of Unemployment Insurance is also in need of additional call center agents for the third party call center.

Local and state government:
The State of Colorado has more than 400 jobs throughout the state. In the Denver Metro area, more than 160 county jobs are currently open for hire in a wide range of occupations. Counties are looking for skilled workers in law enforcement, accounting, civil engineering, construction, and social services.

Healthcare:
Colorado’s jobs database has more than 2,300 healthcare and healthcare support jobs. Nurses (including Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and Licensed Practical Nurses) are in demand. Healthcare establishments are also seeking medical assistants, caregivers, certified nursing assistants, pharmacists, therapists, technicians, and physicians.

Restaurant and hospitality:
The hospitality Industry was hit hard by the pandemic, but it’s an optimistic sign that the number of restaurant positions currently open for hire is increasing. Eating establishments across the state have immediate openings for bartenders, cooks, servers, baristas, chefs and sous chefs, hosts, kitchen workers and cashiers. Colorado currently has more than 1,500 job openings in restaurants and hospitality businesses.


Special to the Herald Times

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