The state labor division has shut down its software for certifying individuals for further $300 weekly unemployment funds till it’s certain the system can meet demand, officers mentioned Wednesday.
The shutdown won’t have an effect on individuals’s capacity to gather cash they’re entitled to by the Misplaced Wages Help program, officers say.
The Colorado Division of Labor and Employment launched the certification perform, accessed by its “digital agent” automated customer support system, on Friday, deputy government director Cher Haavind mentioned in an e mail Wednesday.
The certification software labored effectively over the weekend, main the division to contact greater than 220,000 individuals on the state’s unemployment rolls Monday to encourage them to name in or go browsing and certify their eligibility, Haavind mentioned in a e mail.
By that night, the system started scuffling with the demand and stopping some customers for finishing the method. Providers outages turned extra frequency on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the state shut the the certification software till state officers really feel assured it could possibly meet demand and supply a extra dependable consumer expertise for individuals, Haavind mentioned.
The timeline for when that is perhaps is unclear. The labor division is working with its know-how vendor, Google, to troubleshoot the issue.
“All through Tuesday night and Wednesday, all sources have been allotted to fixing load balancing points, timeouts, and figuring out a viable path ahead,” Haavind wrote in an e mail replace. “The group and distributors proceed to work on a decision that can accommodate the amount and we’ll present an replace as soon as the system is steady.”
Haavind emphasised that the technical difficulties won’t forestall individuals from gathering Misplaced Wages Help cash. As many 350,000 individuals in Colorado are eligible for this system created final month. As of Wednesday, greater than 16,000 had licensed that they misplaced their jobs or wages on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, a requirement federal officers put in place for gathering the additional funds.
Colorado has utilized the utmost six weeks price of program funding, a interval protecting July 26 although Sept. 5. It has been permitted for 5 weeks price. As of Tuesday, the state was nonetheless ready for approval for the sixth and closing week.
The primary funds are anticipated to exit on the finish of the this week, Haavind mentioned.
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