if she had knee surgery, isn’t she also on disability? From what I gather, there’s a good chance she is taking in unemployment and disability. Disability claims, btw, take up way more public resources than welfare and probably more than unemployment too.
She is not receiving disability. Even if she could get approved, it would take a while. In the meantime you are not supposed to be collecting unemployment unless you are available and ready to work, which she is not. She doesn’t want employment to know she really can’t work so she can keep receiving it.
My real point is nobody is checking to actually see if any of these people are actually looking for employment or even able to work. It has just become another welfare program.