Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 08:21 AM
By Forrest Jones

Some $19 billion in state unemployment benefits were paid in error in three years ending in June, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing Labor Department data.

Many improper benefits were paid to recipients after they returned to work.

Other errors included employers or their administrators failing to submit timely or accurate information about worker separations or recipients who didn't correctly register with a state’s employment-service organization.

The Labor Department is working to crack down on inefficiencies in the system, especially in Virginia, Indiana, Colorado, Washington, Louisiana and Arizona.

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