Labor Dept. Reports $5 Billion in ‘Improper’ Unemployment Insurance Payments

( – The U.S. Labor Department’s website includes a database that shows $5,159,629,434 in improper unemployment insurance payments for all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia for the period July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.

The database also shows that 2.85 percent, or $1.28 billion, of the total unemployment insurance payments ($45.2 billion) in that timeframe were the result of fraud.  (See here and click on XLS sheet for “2012 Calendar Year data.”)

On the “browse by topic” section of the Department of Labor website is a link for “Unemployment Insurance” that takes visitors to the page devoted to that topic, including “Unemployment Insurance (UI) Improper Payments by State.”

Visitors who click on that link are taken to an interactive map where clicking on an individual state reveals the three-year rates of fraud and improper payment and recovery efforts on “established improper payments.”

Pennsylvania,  for example, has the highest estimated improper payments in 2012 at $715,477,925 and its three-year fraud rate is 5.07 percent. Vermont has the lowest estimated improper payments for 2012 at $4,302,876 and a 1.25 percent fraud rate.

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