Updated Fri, Feb 15, 2013 8:52 am
Out-of-work Ohioans collected almost $2.3 billion in state and federal unemployment compensation last year, though thousands of claims were over paid.
Statewide, more than 110,000 claims saw over payments for a total of $87.3 million last year. Ohio also recovered $43 million in overpaid funds in 2012.
An official with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the overpayment problem started during the recession when the state agency pushed to deliver timely benefits to tens of thousands of jobless Ohioans.
The department says many overpayments are the result of honest mistakes.