From the Triangle Business Journal:

North Carolina Auditor Beth Wood says the state’s Division of Employment Security (DES) should be investigating improper unemployment insurance (UI) payouts in a more timely fashion and currently has a backlog of 16,000 cases.

Moreover, Wood adds, since DES now completes about 1,400 improper payment investigations every quarter, eliminating that backlog could take three years.

Why is this key?

Wood’s audit comes the same week as the release of a U.S. Department of Labor study showing that the North Carolina UI system made estimated improper payouts of $179 million in 2012.