Workers-rights site launched as jobless claims soar
The brainchild of Interfaith Worker Justice provides a one-stop shop for jobless workers on their legal rights to unemployment and COBRA health insurance benefits and protections against layoffs/firings and help-wanted scams.
The site opened for business the same day the U.S. Labor Department announced that 651,000 jobs were slashed in February, raising the official unemployment rate to 8.1 percent — the highest level since the 1983 Reagan-era recession. Those losses compound the growing ranks of 12.5 million out-of-work Americans and another 8.6 million underemployed workers who can find only part-time jobs.
The true jobless rate leaps to an astronomical 14.8 percent when part-timers and “discouraged workers” — those no longer drawing unemployment benefits and not counted in official labor statistics — are factored in, according to The Associated Press.
Colorado’s unemployment figures for January are expected to be released Wednesday. February’s numbers will come out later in the month.
Like this story? Steal it! Feel free to republish it in part or in full, just please give credit to The Colorado Independent and add a link to the original.
SIGN UP FOR OUR WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (CCDB) and the Community College of Denver (CCD) Paralegal Program are holding a public debate for the candidates seeking the position […]Read More
A candidate’s secret spending in the governor’s race highlights Colorado’s unique money-in-politics enforcement laws
Erik Underwood, a Democrat running in the wide race for governor, is drawing attention for his secret spending on the race. The media tech entrepreneur […]Read More