Colorado Department of Labor & Employment

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The pandemic has left millions of people without jobs and created an opportunity for hackers and identity thieves to use info obtained by data breaches to apply for unemployment benefits. This type of fraud is rampant in Colorado. Victims of unemployment fraud who had previously submitted reports to the state were finally contacted via bulk email in early February and notified those reports are under investigation, after weeks or even months with no word from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

The state released its latest employment outlook Friday. 

Colorado’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.1 percent in July. That’s the lowest it's been since September 2008. It’s also a full percentage point below the nation’s unemployment rate that sits at 6.1 percent. 

However, Colorado did see a dip in nonfarm and private sector payroll jobs. That number decreased by 700 from July to August.

Joe Winter is a senior economist with the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment.