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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
Thursday, March 15, 2018
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
On the Web: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/news.htm
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#AccountableGov: UI Report Shows Dramatic Decline in UI Fraud, Trust Fund Balance of Nearly $1.5 Billion

Percent of UI benefits obtained fraudulently declines by 42%, total benefit payments decline 11%

MADISON – Today, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the release of the 2017 report on Wisconsin's Unemployment Insurance (UI) program integrity efforts and state of the UI Trust Fund. The report includes statistics on the efforts of the department to detect and prevent fraud as well as efforts to recover benefits obtained fraudulently and ensure an even playing field for Wisconsin employers by ensuring that workers are classified properly as employees or independent contractors.

"In Wisconsin, program integrity is of the utmost importance. We have a duty to ensure that programs like the UI program are administered effectively and efficiently, and are relied upon by those who are eligible for the program when they experience a job separation due to no fault of their own and while they actively seek new employment," DWD Secretary Allen said. "Reports like these exemplify the efforts of this administration to root out fraud against government programs, and I would like to thank the members of the Wisconsin State Legislature, the Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council and our dedicated staff for their efforts to ensure the program is accountable to the Wisconsin taxpayers."

Highlights of the report include:

View the complete Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Report to the UIAC

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