Labor reports uptick in fraud claims

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State Labor Department officials on Thursday reported an uptick in fraudulent unemployment claims, but not on the same scale as what the state experienced last year when it was swamped with false claims.

Initial unemployment claims have jumped in the last month, but labor officials say that's not leading to large sums of money being paid out similar to what happened last year when the state was hit with millions in fraudulent claims.

"There are absolutely challenges at this agency. I think where we are today is a much better place, but I wouldn't say we're 100 . . .

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