noun \-ˈpli-mənt\

: the state of not having a job

: the total number of people who do not have jobs in a particular place or area

: money paid by the government to someone who does not have a job

Full Definition of UNEMPLOYMENT

:  the state of being unemployed :  involuntary idleness of workers; also :  the rate of such unemployment


  1. My unemployment lasted about six months.
  2. Unemployment has been increasing for months.
  3. The current unemployment rate is six percent.

First Known Use of UNEMPLOYMENT




noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Condition of a person who is able to work, is actively seeking work, but is unable to find any. Statistics on unemployment are collected and analyzed by government labour offices in most countries and are considered an important indicator of economic health. Since World War II full employment has been a stated goal of many governments. Full employment is not necessarily synonymous with a zero unemployment rate, since at any given time the unemployment rate will include some people who are between jobs and not unemployed in any long-term sense. Underemployment is the term used to describe the situation of those who are able to find employment only for shorter than normal periods—for example, part-time workers and seasonal workers—and may also describe the condition of workers whose education or training makes them overqualified for their jobs.


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