Some unemployment benefits may need to be paid back

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Updated: 7/09/2012 7:16 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- If you have been receiving unemployment benefits, you could be asked to pay some of it back. The government overpaid $14 billion in benefits last year.  That's 11 percent of all the unemployment checks sent out last year, and now they want it back.

Here's a break down of who is receiving that money:

Most end up in the hands of three types of people.
--Those who aren't actively searching for a job.
--People who quit their jobs or were fired.
--And those who continue to file claims even though they've found a job.
All of those circumstances make a person ineligible for benefits.
But they can still get checks if there is some sort of an administrative error made by the government, employer, or worker.

When the government finds an error -- they typically send a letter asking for the money back. Although, some people could get out of repayment if they're in financial distress.
Despite those efforts, the government fails to recoup most of the money.

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