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Billions in Unemployment Paid in Error



September 15, 2011 – Comments (2)

Here's a pretty interesting interactive map showing the billions in unemployment paid in error:

"The Labor Department launched a plan to crack down on the improper payments, targeting Virginia, Indiana, Colorado, Washington, Louisiana and Arizona in particular for their high error rates. Those states will undergo additional monitoring and technical assistance until their error rates dip below 10% and remain there for at least six months, according to the Labor Department."

-- The Wall Street Journal

As bad as it is/has been, it still could be even worse...



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#1) On September 15, 2011 at 11:27 AM, Teacherman1 (< 20) wrote:

Interesting post.

Why would a 10% error rate be considered satisfactory?

Either someone handing out unemployment has a job that should be given to someone else who can actually do it, or someone is committing fraud.

Neither of these should be acceptable.

Anyone can make a mistake, but that should be a rare exception, and should result in an error rate so small that it is not even a "blip".

That is one of the biggest problems with Govt. programs.

Those who are actually in NEED should be helped, those who are just in WANT, should be eliminated from the programs.

That way, those who are in NEED could be helped even more, and at a lesser cost to tax PAYERS. 

It's not just the unemployment program, but is an "across the board" problem.

Too many seem to think that the Govt actually has money, which they like to call "monies", and forget that each time someone gets something from the "Govt", someone else is paying for it.

Bottom line, as a country, we should help those who NEED help, but we can no longer afford to help those who just have WANTS.

JMO and worth exactly what I am charging for it.

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#2) On September 15, 2011 at 4:05 PM, TMFJMo (< 20) wrote:

Couldn't agree with you more. I think there is a big misunderstanding right now in our country about what people actually need versus what they actually want. Drives me nuts...

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