Unemployment Insurance (UI) Improper Payments By State

Note: Final 3-year average IPIA data for the period of July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016.

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Improper Payment Rate — This rate is calculated as the sum of the overpayment rate and underpayment rate, subtracting overpayments recovered, for the UI program for the reporting period required by the Improper Payments Information Act (IPIA). Figures displayed are not actual improper payment rate and dollars but an estimate based on results of State Benefit Accuracy Measurement (BAM) survey sample (random audits) of paid and denied claims in three major UI programs: State UI, Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE), and Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service Members (UCX).

The Estimated 3-Year Improper Payment Rate is calculated based on the average of the 2014, 2015, and 2016 reported improper payment rates for each state.

UI improper payment data displayed on this page are derived from the BAM program. Readers are strongly cautioned that it may be misleading to compare one state's payment accuracy rates with another state's rates as no two states' written laws, regulations, and policies specifying eligibility conditions are identical, and differences in these conditions influence the potential for error. To compare state laws visit https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/statelaws.asp or contact the state directly.