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NC unemployment agency's scores worsen

Posted May 24, 2012

Division of Employment Security

— The U.S. Department of Labor has released new score cards showing the state unemployment office's scores in two key areas – already the lowest in the country – have gotten worse.

The WRAL Investigates team reported May 7 on the state Division of Employment Security's low report card scores.

More than 400,000 North Carolinians depend on the agency to help them until they get a new job. When someone first applies for unemployment, the state determines who is eligible for benefits and how much they should receive. The state also tracks who remains eligible for benefits once they're getting unemployment insurance.

In the latest review, the agency approved 18 percent of the initial eligibility cases – down 9 percentage points from December. The second score, determining whether people are still eligible, was 31 percent – down 8 percentage points.

Those low scores could open up the door for fraud, improper payments or denial of payments to eligible people. Agency spokesman Larry Parker said earlier this month that the unemployment office has created two corrective action plans to show how it hopes to improve its scores.

“We do recognize that certain areas of our unemployment insurance program need some work,” Parker said.


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  • computer trainer May 25, 2012

    Makes you wonder why there has been no talk about all of the people who have suddenly retired there. and the ones that are retiring soon. of corse those are the bigwigs that make all the money. must be leving before they have to take credit for all they have done.

  • muggs May 25, 2012

    I would think that there would be some outside source the employees, who do want to clean up this mess could actually point fingers at to identify the problem managers and staff with no fear of reprisal,we all know it goes on,favors to friends and relatives,cover ups,just overall incompetence,one would have to have the nerve to report these people,they sure are not going to admit to their own mistakes.

  • dollibug May 25, 2012

    When people are put in positions and are NOT held responsible and accountable for what they do....then things continue to get out of control...there is corruption and cover up everywhere...and it seems like no one is reviewing anything to make sure that people are doing their jobs right....sure people do make mistakes...and when this is revealed they should be put on notice - and when it happens again...then they should be fired...(unless, of course they did it on purpose)....there are people in a lot of government agencies who should not be in the jobs that they hold....and until this kind of thing changes....mistakes will continue to happen. Sounds like to me that they have supervisors who do not know what they are doing either....I was told one time by someone who had a government job that said they could get by with almost anything and did not worry about getting fired....perhaps this is the common outlook that all government workers have..

  • aspenstreet1717 May 25, 2012

    Government employees. paychecks and pensions safe. Probably get promotions.

  • Nancy May 25, 2012

    What ticks me off is between this agency, DHHS, a billion dollars disappeared and not a single head will roll!

    And people have the nerve to be upset about private companies CEO pay??????? They're not spending OUR money like government agencies do!

  • Just the facts mam May 25, 2012

    •Corrective action plan No. 3:
    Get Governoer Perdue out of office and insert a capable Governor...

  • muggs May 24, 2012

    Rebelyell55,Great idea but when you are in control of what you make,well you get it,but I feel your pain since they are not held financially accountable to anyone,each covers up the others mistakes and blames who knows who,I doubt if many of them read these articles as it would just be a big laugh for all of them on Friday lunch,we have no control,the employees have little to worry about as they are so used to working in an uncontrolled,out of touch and inefficient environment,look at what they hire,friends and relatives.

  • Rebelyell55 May 24, 2012

    Should of fired that woman years ago, but no, they keep people like her and bring in more who are not qualified to do the jobs. Yet again, other than her resigning, and the tax payer still will be paying for her, they yet to fire anyone else. Our elected leaders who should be looking into this ain't bright enough to know what going on, they're hiding their heads in the sand and hoping it'll go away. This ain't the only agency with some serious problem of wasting tax dollars. Time for the citizen of NC to wake up and demand some accountability. For one cut the pay of all elected leaders until something is done. Maybe they'll realize they should be working for the citizens of NC and not all those puppet master, special interest and agencies heads.

  • timtooltime777 May 24, 2012

    Typical good ol boy's run N.C. goverment !

  • aetius476 May 24, 2012

    "the state unemployment office's scores in two key areas – already the lowest in the country – have gotten worse."

    No surprise. The department is a den of political patronage and filled with incompetents.

    They have wasted and lost many millions of taxpayer funds by giving them to those not eligible.

    Virtually none of the overpayments were ever recovered nor even requested! Fits with the recent stories about medicaid fraud and food stamp fraud.

    The government entitlement gravy train rools on.

    Vote O'bama, Vote your Food Stamps 2012!