The U.S. Department of Labor’s website includes a database that shows the total dollar amount of improper payments of unemployment insurance benefits for all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, which totaled $5,159,629,434 from 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.”)
On the “browse by topic” section of the Department of Labor website is a link for “Unemployment Insurance” that takes visitors to the page devoted to that topic, including “Unemployment Insurance (UI) Improper Payments by State.”
Visitors who click on that link are taken to an interactive map where clicking on an individual state reveals the three-year rates of fraud and improper payment and recovery efforts on “established improper payments.”