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Unemployment Insurance Payment Accuracy by State

Improper Payment Rate

Less than 10% (27 states)

10-13% (13 states)

Greater than 13% (12 states)





The Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act (IPERA) of 2010, requires programs to report an annual improper payment rate below 10 percent, and the UI program established a performance measure for states to meet the 10% requirement. For the 2019 reporting period, the national UI program reported an estimated national improper payment rate of 10.61%.

State UI data depicted on this map is based on the 3-year data for the period from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2019. The estimated improper payment rate includes all root causes of overpayments and is based on results of State Benefit Accuracy Measurement (BAM) survey sample (random audits) of paid claims in three major UI programs: State UI, Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE), and Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service Members (UCX).

States that achieved the below 10% requirement for the 3-year period are depicted in GREEN. States that exceeded the 13% improper payment rate for the 3-year period are depicted above in RED.

Note: 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, please visit or contact the state directly.