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JOBLESS BENEFITS ACCURACY RATE AT 96.9 PERCENT

 JOBLESS BENEFITS ACCURACY RATE AT 96.9 PERCENT
 HARRISBURG, Pa., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania achieved a


96.9 percent accuracy rate in paying benefits to unemployed workers last year, according to an unemployment compensation quality control study.
 The study, conducted by the Department of Labor and Industry's Bureau of Unemployment Compensation (UC) Benefits and Allowances, is required by the federal government as part of an effort to assess the accuracy of each state's unemployment insurance system. States report their results to the U.S. Department of Labor.
 Based on a representative sample of 1,279 "claim weeks," the department found that overpayments during 1991 averaged 3.1 percent. Underpayments averaged 0.5 percent of benefits paid.
 A total of 9,477,963 weekly claims for benefits were processed during 1991. Benefit payments from the UC Trust Fund totaled $1,731,337,838.
 The department's claims monitoring procedures last year detected more than $17.6 million in overpayments, resulting in recovery of more than 57 percent of that amount.
 The current balance of Pennsylvania's unemployment compensation trust fund is $1.33 billion.
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 /CONTACT: James M. Hillegass of the Department of Labor & Industry, 717-787-7530/ CO: Department of Labor & Industry; Pennsylvania Governor's Office ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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