DENVER -- The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment reported fewer than 6,000 regular initial unemployment claims for the week ending Aug. 29, the lowest total since before the cononavirus pandemic was declared in mid-March.

There were 5,837 regular initial unemployment claims filed and $65.9 million in regular unemployment benefits were paid out during the week ending Aug. 29.

Because of a data reporting issue, the department said it cannot report the number of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance filed that week. The department reported 16,417 PUA claims were filed the week ending Aug. 22.

Updated PUA claim data will be released in the next weekly unemployment report, according to the department.

A total of 281,854 continued claims were filed for the week ending Aug. 22. That includes 177,135 from regular unemployment, 83,926 from PUA and 20,793 from Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation.

Since mid-March, 542,619 regular unemployment initial claims have been filed and 736,108 claims, including federal PUA benefits.

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