The national unemployment rate now stands at 7.6 percent, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports the official employment rate, which represents the percentage of adults who have a job, is holding steady at 58.6 percent.
A Livingston accountant has been indicted today and is charged with orchestrating a scheme in which he and 14 co-defendants allegedly defrauded the state of nearly $700,000 by filing false claims for unemployment benefits. Todd Halpern allegedly filed claims using identities stolen from clients, and filed fraudulent employment records in the names of businesses he served in order to support the claims.
Late last month, State Comptroller Matt Boxer released an audit that identified more than $23 million in benefit payments made to or on behalf of prison inmates who did not appear to be entitled to such payments.
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