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DENVER — A total of 79,920 Colorado residents filed for initial unemployment benefits last week, bringing the number of state residents claiming they have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic to more than 358,000.

The latest weekly data release from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment covers the week ending April 24 and shows that 38,384 claims were from workers who would traditionally be eligible for unemployment benefits. The other 40,906 came from the self-employed and independent contractors who would not usually be eligible for assistance but became eligible under a federal unemployment benefits effort issued via the states.

This week is the first to include claim figures from those not traditionally able to file for unemployment. Additionally, CDLE said it began to issue $600 per week in federal funds as an additional support line for the unemployed.

The weekly figure of benefits paid also increased to $86.1 million, compared with $74.1 million the week prior. The average weekly payout in February was $8.6 million.

Approximately 3.83 million Americans overall made initial claims in the week ending April 18, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s figures Thursday morning, bringing the total figure of out-of-work Americans to more than 30 million in the weeks following COVID-19 being declared a global pandemic.

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