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Unemployment Insurance (UI) Improper Payments By State

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Improper Payment Rate


Above 14.00%


12.00 — 13.99%


10.00 — 11.99%


8.00 — 9.99%


6.00 — 7.99%


4.00 — 5.99%

Note: Final 3-year average IPA data for the period of July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2012.

Figures displayed are not actual improper payment rate and dollars but an estimate based on results of State Benefit Accuracy Measurement (BAM) survey (random audits) of paid and denied claims in three major UI programs: State UI, Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees, and Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service Members.

IPIA Improper Payment Rate — is the sum of the overpayment rate and underpayment rate for the UI program reported to the Office of Management and Budget as required by the Improper Payments Information Act (IPIA).

Operational Rate — Includes those overpayments that the states are reasonably expected to detect and establish for recovery using normal program operations.

Fraud Rate — Is a subset of the Annual Report rate and based on the population of benefits paid. The definition of unemployment compensation fraud varies from state to state and the individual state rates reflect these differences.



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