States Overpaid Almost $13 Billion in Unemployment Benefits During First Year of Pandemic

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Thankfully, lawmakers stepped up and boosted unemployment benefits at the start of the pandemic to help jobless workers who may not have had savings to fall back on. When the pandemic-fueled economic crisis first erupted, state unemployment systems were inundated with jobless claims. The GAO estimates that of the almost $13 billion in overpayments made by states, about $1.3 billion has already been documented as fraud.

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