From the Triangle Business Journal:

North Carolina’s unemployment insurance (UI) system made estimated improper payments of $179 million in 2012, says the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in a new report.

Roughly 42 percent of those payouts went to people who accepted the benefits after returning to work, says the agency, while 36 percent went to people who were later judged not to have been eligible.

This problem is among the responsibilities to be undertaken by former state Rep. Dale Folwell of Forsyth County, whom Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker has named to head Economic Security.