Unemployment insurance has the second highest improper payment rate of any federal program in the country. You can blame unemployment fraud for that. Any time someone collects unemployment benefits while knowingly misrepresenting information, they are contributing to improper payments and committing fraud.
Any time an individual misrepresents information for the purposes of collecting unemployment benefits, it is fraud. Sure accidents in reporting can happen. Sometimes mistakes happen because people are uninformed or in a hurry. But sometimes people collect unemployment while knowing they are ineligible and that makes them guilty of fraud. Plain and simple.
The holiday season is almost here: Retailers and other industries will be ramping up and adding holiday seasonal workers to supplement the extra workload.