An additional 41,439 people filed for traditional unemployment benefits in the week ending Jan. 2, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Thursday.

While a sharp increase from the 25,360 that filed the week prior, the department said the figure is likely warped due to seasonality and a spike in fraudulent claims due to the expiration of the CARES Act.

No claims were made for state-level Pandemic Unemployment Assistance in that week, as President Donald Trump signed the latest…

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