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Gov’t Doles Out $10.3 Billion in Improper Unemployment Payments – In 1Year

Home - by - January 30, 2013 - 17:45 America/New_York - 5 Comments

(CNSNews.com) – The Federal-State Unemployment Insurance program paid out $10.3 billion in benefits in 2012 to people who should not have received the money, according to the Department of Labor (DOL).

The data provided on the government website, paymentaccuracy.gov, shows those payments amount to 11.42 percent of all the unemployment insurance checks handed out – an increase from 11.36 percent in 2011 and in excess of the government’s “target” for overpayments of 9.66 percent.

The DOL states that most of the data reported on its paymentaccuracywebsite was for the federal government’s fiscal year, which runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, but that some data may have come from calendar year tabulations, which is why the department “used the term fiscal reporting year to best describe the time period in which the most current information was reported.”

The data also show that improper unemployment insurance payments increased steadily between 2009 and 2012, from 10.3 percent to 12 percent, respectively.

That percentage dropped 0.6 percent between 2011 (12 percent) and 2012 (11.4 percent), according to the DOL, which consequently forecasts that improper payments will fall below 10 percent in 2013 and 2014.



  1. Dr. Tar

    January 30th, 2013

    I wish the good folks at the DOL had to pay unemployment out of their own pockets first and then they were allowed to keep their salaries out of what was left over.

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  2. Unneutral

    January 30th, 2013

    Maybe government is over worked and needs to enlarge its employee base. /snark

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  3. normaneinstein

    January 30th, 2013

    FFS, what is the point in publishing these articles about government mismanagement, abuse, and fraud re these programs???

    ALL of them don’t add up to a pinch of coon shit in the scheme of things. And nothing…that is No. Thing. will be done about it, by either party.

    You might as well worry about those 1.2 fly larva that are allowed per pint of peanut butter.

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  4. Banana Republican

    January 30th, 2013

    Hey, now that I’ve abandoned conservatism, how do I get on the gubmint dole?

    I wanna a piece of that $10.3 billion/year – maybe a cozy little 1%?

    See, I’m not greedy!!!

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  5. Carlos The Jackal

    January 30th, 2013

    It’s already been paid out. What difference doe it make now?

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