DENVER—Today, the governor signed a bill sponsored by state Rep. Robert Ramirez that will promote job skills training for Coloradans seeking employment.
“This law will create new employment opportunities for Coloradans across the state,” said Ramirez, R-Westminster. “It puts people back on their feet while they advance their career through apprenticeships or unpaid internships.”
House Bill 1272 extends Colorado’s enhanced unemployment benefits program into 2014. Through the program, claimants can receive up to 50 percent more on their weekly unemployment benefit for up to 20 weeks if they are actively engaged in an approved training program.
“Enhanced employment benefits will help Coloradans find work in industries where demand for skilled labor his high.” Ramirez added.
Before reaching the governor’s desk, Ramirez’s measure passed the legislature with bipartisan support. Democrat Rep. Crisanta Duran also sponsored the measure.
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