The video game industry is booming, but not for everyone.
In fact, many jobless claimants are taking advantage of the situation by using social media to falsely claim joblessness, a new report by the nonprofit Economic Policy Institute found.
According to the report, “Over 60% of the unemployed in the United States are not actively looking for work.”
While most jobless claim cases are handled by employers, many others are filed through private attorneys, claiming to be employed or looking for a job, according to the EPI report.
While it’s easy to find the most reliable sources online, it can be tough to confirm the validity of the claims.
The EPI also looked at the number of jobs lost by jobless, and found that more than 2.2 million people are on disability or underemployed.
The EPI says many people believe the job they lost was permanent and that they will be able to find work, but the reality is that people often are discouraged from looking for jobs and are often placed on temporary or intermittent jobs.
“This creates a real obstacle to those who have been searching for a full-time job,” EPI researcher Michael Green said in a statement.
“They may not be able find one that fits their skill set, and they may have difficulty finding a job that pays enough to support their family.”
The EPEI’s study found that while the unemployment rate for the U.S. economy has been trending downward over the past two years, the unemployment rates for the unemployed have been trending upwards.
That’s because many of the job-seekers who claim they are jobless have a disability, meaning they have a severe disability, according the EPEIA.
In the past year, the number with a disability has risen from 7.7 million to 9.3 million, with an additional 7.2 percent of the total jobless population claiming to have a chronic illness, according data from the U-M Labor Center.
That includes people with heart disease, diabetes and arthritis, according EPI.
“There are some individuals who are not necessarily unemployed because they are in a chronic condition, but there are people who have chronic conditions,” Green said.
“And then there are some people who are unemployed because of health problems that are not being treated.”
The Economic Policy report said many people who claim to be unemployed may not have the skills or experience to do the job.
“There are a lot of jobs out there that don’t pay enough to get you into the middle class,” Green added.
“We know there are millions of people who simply can’t find a job.”EPI also found that jobless benefits can be a key barrier to finding a full time job.
For example, people who receive unemployment compensation and disability are often ineligible for some jobs.
For some, it’s the only way to survive, and sometimes the only option to get by.
“People who receive benefits are often stuck with higher rates of poverty and that can have serious repercussions,” EPEII director of labor studies Jennifer Giesbrecht said in the statement.
Giesbrech added that people with disabilities, as well as people who earn income through part-time work, may be less likely to find full-timers because of the stigma attached to them.
“It’s a myth that all people with disability have jobs,” she said.
“We’ve seen a lot more people come out of this recession than ever before.
We’ve seen more people lose their jobs,” Giesberecht said.