To receive umemployment checks you must be "actively" looking for a job. Though I do believe that unemployment benefits are a great thing in a time of need, I, along with most Americans, know several people who are on unemployment and do NOT search for jobs, leeching on government money and thoroughly enjoy it.
My IDEA is to standardize umeployment. Make it last only six months as oposed to the 79 weeks (18 months) certains states allow. If you truely look there is no reason why it should take anyone this long.
We wonder why California is tanking as rapidly as they are. they spent over $22 BILLION on unemployment in 2010 alone. I think this is a great idea to cut billions of dollars.