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Unemployment Insurance (UI)

Department of Labor

The Federal-State Unemployment Insurance program helps cushion the impact of economic downturns and brings economic stability to communities, states, and the nation by providing temporary income support for laid off workers. The program provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own (as determined under state law), and who meet other eligibility requirements of state law.
  • Each state administers a separate unemployment insurance program within guidelines established by federal law.
  • Eligibility for unemployment insurance, benefit amounts, and the length of time benefits are available are determined by the state law under which unemployment insurance claims are established.

Agency Accountable Official: Karen Tekleberhan, Acting Chief Financial Officer

Program Accountable Official: Eric M. Seleznow, Acting Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training

Current

$90.2B

Total Payments (Outlays)more info

$10.3B

Improper Paymentsmore info

11.4%

Improper Payment Ratemore info

2013

9.2% Improper Payment Rate Target more info

All amounts are in billions of dollars

Tabular view for Projected improper payments Tabular View   

Program Comments

The Department of Labor estimates Unemployment Insurance (UI) program integrity rates through the Benefit Accuracy Measurement (BAM) program, which is a statistical survey of paid and denied UI claims. States conduct comprehensive audits of samples of claims to verify claimant eligibility and determine the accuracy of decisions to pay or deny benefits. The 2013 improper payment rate was 9.32% (8.82% net overpayments and 0.50% underpayments) for the period July 2012 to June 2013, the most recent period for which data were available as of the publication of the Department’s Agency Financial Report. The 2013 rate was slightly above the target of 9.23%. Read More...