New Colorado County-by-county Breakdown Shows the Harm of Not Extending Unemployment Insurance

If Congress fails to extend the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program more than 20,200 people in Colorado will lose their insurance coverage immediately on Dec. 28, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. An additional 29,200 people in Colorado will lose their coverage in the first six months of 2014 if Republicans continue to block an extension of the program, according to Department of Labor estimates.

Federal unemployment insurance took effect in 2008 and has been reauthorized several times since as Americans continue to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Despite the real progress the economy has made since its near collapse in 2008, there are still 1.3 million fewer jobs than there were before the recession began and long-term unemployment as a percentage of the unemployed is 37 percent, near historic highs.

Failure to extend federal unemployment insurance would also hurt job growth throughout the nation, costing the economy 240,000 jobs, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisers. The CEA estimates that in Colorado alone, failing to extend the program will cost 3,571 jobs.

County

Number of EUC Claims

Adams County

2261

Alamosa County

104

Arapahoe County

2540

Archuleta County

52

Baca County

8

Bent County

22

Boulder County

827

City and County of Broomfield

9

Chaffee County

45

Cheyenne County

7

Clear Creek County

50

Conejos County

56

Costilla County

26

Crowley County

12

Custer County

20

Delta County

100

City and County of Denver

2958

Dolores County

21

Douglas County

831

Eagle County

173

Elbert County

64

El Paso County

3072

Fremont County

187

Garfield County

206

Gilpin County

23

Grand County

43

Gunnison County

44

Hinsdale County

1

Huerfano County

60

Jackson County

11

Jefferson County

2131

Kiowa County

10

Kit Carson County

5

Lake County

21

La Plata County

121

Larimer County

424

Las Animas County

92

Lincoln County

14

Logan County

26

Mesa County

622

Mineral County

2

Moffat County

48

Montezuma County

94

Montrose County

193

Morgan County

103

Otero County

107

Ouray County

18

Park County

64

Phillips County

11

Pitkin County

64

Prowers County

35

Pueblo County

914

Rio Blanco County

13

Rio Grande County

61

Routt County

70

Saguache County

34

San Juan County

5

San Miguel County

39

Sedgwick County

2

Summit County

87

Teller County

103

Washington County

13

Weld County

841

Yuma County

17

Total

20237