Montana paid nearly $26.8 million in improper unemployment benefits over a three-year period and has an “improper payment rate” of 9.12 percent, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.
Nationally, there’s $19 billion in state unemployment employment benefits mistakenly paid that ended in June, new Labor Department data shows.
The amount reportedly represents more than 10 percent of the $180 billion in jobless benefits paid nationwide during the period. This covers state programs, which offer benefits for up to 26 weeks, from July 2008 to June 2011.
Layers of federal programs that help provide benefits for up to 99 weeks weren’t included.
There’s a Montana chart included with the site that shows the causes of the improper payments. Among the biggest reasons, it says work search issues account for 22 percent (this is the inability to validate the recipient has met the state’s work search requirements), benefit year earnings are 41 percent ( claimant keeps claiming and receiving benefits after returning to work), separation issues are 21 percent (this is when information regarding the claimant’s separation from work is received after a claim is paid that disqualifies the claimant from being eligible for benefits and creates an overpayment ).
Virginia, Indiana, Colorado, Washington, Louisiana and Arizona will have additional monitoring and technical assistance until their error rates go below 10 percent and remain there for at least six months, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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