Programming error overpaid thousands of unemployed Louisiana workers

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Programming error overpaid thousands of unemployed Louisiana workers

The Louisiana government admitted this week that a technical glitch caused thousands of unemployed residents to receive notices informing them that they had been overpaid in unemployment benefits and needed to return the money to Baton Rouge.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) said in a statement Thursday that approximately 7,600 UI overpayment notices were filed earlier this month and that it was working with its provider to correct the problem.

The LWC strives to send an “adjustment notice” to those affected to inform them that they do not owe the state government money.

“We apologize for any confusion,” the LWC said, adding that it “will continue to work to resolve any other outstanding issues”.

The LWC told The Associated Press the notices had been sent to more than 4,300 people. It has set up a dedicated email account just for people facing the problem to ask questions of the government.

The LWC did not immediately respond to a request for further comment from The Hill.

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