Uber aims to recruit 1,000 new drivers in Colorado this summer

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DENVER — Uber announced plans Thursday to hire more than 1,000 new drivers in Colorado this summer.

The company cites an increase in demand for rides as the reason behind this expansion.

“Uber rides have increased exponentially as the company’s popularity has grown over the past year, and we need more drivers to meet the demand,” said Will McCollum, general manager for Uber Colorado.

Uber has pledged to recruit 1,000 driver partners for the Fort Collins, Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs metro areas over the next 90 days. It plans to focus on recruiting women and military veterans through in-person events and referral programs.

Uber is a mobile application that connects people in need of rides to drivers at the touch of a button. Uber driver partners are independent contractors who use the platform to earn money on their own schedule. More than 70 percent of Uber drivers work less than 20 hours per week.

The flexibility and ease of use of the app has led to Uber’s widespread popularity among riders and drivers. The company says it has completed millions of trips in Colorado.

Gov. John Hickenlooper applauded the expansion plan as a means to bring new jobs to the state.

“”Ridesharing services in Colorado continue to grow rapidly and we’re encouraged by Uber’s focus to expand and create thousands of new income opportunities for Coloradans,” Hickenlooper said.

Worldwide, 50,000 driver jobs are generated by Uber monthly.

All Uber driver partners must have a clean driving record, and pass local, state and federal criminal background checks that include a check of the federal sex offender registry and the terrorist watch list database.

To become an Uber driver partner, visit uberxcolorado.com to apply.