DENVER — An additional 25,360 regular initial unemployment claims were filed in the week ending Dec. 26, plus 19,555 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims filed the same week, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Since mid-March, a total of 732,119 regular initial unemployment claims have been filed and a grand total of 984,043 claims, including federal pandemic unemployment benefits. For the week ending Dec. 19, a combined total of 265,507 continued claims were filed from the regular unemployment insurance, pandemic unemployment and pandemic emergency unemployment compensation programs, the agency said. Since March 29, $6.69 billion has been paid in unemployment benefits through all the programs that have been available since the pandemic began. Lodging, food services and health care have accounted for most of the claims during the pandemic. *By BizWest Staff, BizWest.com*

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