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After a one-week drop, new claims for unemployment benefits went up again, bringing to more than 760,000 the number of Colorado workers who have filed for state or federal aid since the COVID-19 pandemic began last spring.

The number of workers filing initial claims for unemployment benefits dipped for the first time in three weeks, but they still are higher than they were in August, according to the most recent data released Thursday by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

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The state’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in September over the previous month, but there still are nearly 200,000 Coloradans out of work, according to the latest employment figures released Tuesday by the Colorado Department of Labor.

The winter months could be difficult for Grand Junction restaurants, so some are receiving help from state and local officials to increase business while others are getting creative.

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The Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce has made its decision about whether to endorse either Lauren Boebert, a Republican, or Diane Mitsch Bush, a Democrat: Pass.