The U.S. Labor Department’s website includes a database that shows $5,159,629,434 in improper unemployment insurance payments for all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia for the period July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.
The database also shows that 2.85 percent, or $1.28 billion, of the total unemployment insurance payments ($45.2 billion) in that timeframe were the result of fraud. (See here and click on XLS sheet for “2012 Calendar Year data.”)
Pennsylvania, for example, has the highest estimated improper payments in 2012 at $715,477,925 and its three-year fraud rate is 5.07 percent. Vermont has the lowest estimated improper payments for 2012 at $4,302,876 and a 1.25 percent fraud rate.
On Pennsylvania’s page, the “established overpayments” total $92,346,078, with $36,403,144 or 39.69 percent of those overpayments recovered. Of the $2,630,815 “established overpayments” in Vermont, $806,844 or 47.58 percent was recovered.