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$1.6 Billion in Unemployment Insurance Benefits Paid to Individuals Who Did Not Seek Work

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Unemployment insurance program was the seventh-highest for improper payments in 2016

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More than $1.6 billion in unemployment insurance benefits was paid to individuals who did not seek work in fiscal year 2016, according to an audit from the Government Accountability Office.

Unemployment insurance is paid to individuals if they lose employment with the general requirement that they actively search for work. For some states, this active search may require a minimum number of contacts a beneficiary must have with potential employers, submission of job applications, creating a LinkedIn account, going to a networking event, or visiting a job center.

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