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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
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#AccountableGov: Wisconsin's Push to Combat UI Fraud & Support Re-employment of Claimants Produces Results

Annual report shows state reduces payments due to fraud by over a third in one year; WI also second in the nation in re-employment outcomes for UI claimants

MADISON – Today, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) presented the 2017 Unemployment Insurance (UI) Fraud Report to members of the Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council (UIAC), covering DWD's efforts to combat fraud against the UI program in calendar year 2016 and support re-employment of UI claimants. The report shows that the rate of fraud being committed against the UI program dropped by more than a third, while Wisconsin ranked best in the Midwest and second nationally under a federal measure of UI claimant re-employment outcomes.

"Today's report shows that our efforts to ensure that the UI program supports those who lose their employment through no fault of their own and move quickly to re-employment are working," DWD Secretary Ray Allen said. "By instituting strong measures to prevent, detect and take action against attempts to defraud the UI system, we are supporting a strong UI Trust Fund, which helps employers who pay UI taxes and claimants who utilize the system properly. Additionally, Wisconsin ranks second nationally at re-employment outcomes for UI recipients, which is a testament to the strong work ethic of Wisconsinites, the continuing improvement of the labor market and our success in developing and connecting skilled talent to new opportunity."

Highlights of the 2017 UI Fraud Report include:

The report also highlights DWD's efforts to modernize its online systems and provide UI claimants and employers convenient and easy-to-use online systems. Since the launch of DWD's modernized online initial claims system in 2014, 93 percent of UI claimants who begin their initial claim online are able to complete the claim without contacting a claims specialist by phone and four out of every five UI claimants accessed DWD's online portal at least once in 2016. DWD is moving to retire its 1990s-era automated phone system this year as online claim filing activities gain popularity.

Secretary Allen noted the decline in UI payments and growth of the Trust Fund are due in large part to the success of Wisconsin's economy under Governor Scott Walker's leadership. Key economic indicators include:

For more information: 2017 UI Fraud Report

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