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Colorado stimulus dollars for the unemployed are on their way

The automatic, one-time checks are going to those who received up to $500 a week in weekly unemployment insurance benefits from March 15 to Oct. 24.

COLORADO, USA — A few extra bucks should start finding their way into the pockets of Coloradans who have been unemployed this year, the governor's office said Wednesday morning.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment began issuing the $375 one-time stimulus benefit this week.

The governor announced the relief in October and made it official with an executive order. The legislature is in special session this week to provide an additional $280 million in pandemic assistance, not counting sales tax relief through February.

“Whether you’ve suffered from the virus itself, faced economic struggles, or felt the mental toll — no one is left unscathed by this pandemic," Polis said in a statement early Wednesday. "This direct cash payment will help cover rent or put food on the table for over 400,000 Coloradans who have struggled, but we know that Colorado or any state can only do so much, and national help is urgently needed. 

The automatic, one-time checks are going to those who received up to $500 a week in weekly unemployment insurance benefits from March 15 to Oct. 24. About 435,000 Coloradans are eligible.

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