un·​em·​ploy·​ment ˌən-im-ˈplȯi-mənt How to pronounce unemployment (audio)
: the state of being unemployed : involuntary idleness of workers
also : the rate of such unemployment

Examples of unemployment in a Sentence

My unemployment lasted about six months. Unemployment has been increasing for months. The current unemployment rate is six percent.
Recent Examples on the Web Employers added a shocking 303,000 jobs in March as the unemployment rate fell to a low 3.8% that month. Bryan Mena, CNN, 15 Apr. 2024 Since then, more than 15 million jobs have been created and the unemployment rate has stayed below 4% for more than two years. Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2024 Wells also said the U.S. unemployment rate will sit at 4.1% instead of 4.7% by the end of 2024. Bywill Daniel, Fortune, 15 Apr. 2024 The median price for a house is $290,000 and the unemployment rate hangs at 3.6%, Money reported. The Arizona Republic, 15 Apr. 2024 Tillis is also bullish on North Carolina’s economy, with its 3.5 percent unemployment rate below the national average. Paul Kane, Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2024 At the end of 2023, the youth unemployment rate for people between the ages of 20 and 24 was 44.9%—compared to an overall unemployment rate of 8.7%, according to the National Sample Survey. Astha Rajvanshi, TIME, 12 Apr. 2024 Even a low unemployment rate in the region hasn’t stopped some potential renters from deciding to get out of the rent race altogether. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Apr. 2024 Because the unemployment rate is near its lowest point since the 1960s, the misery index is now fairly low. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unemployment was in 1789

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“Unemployment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unemployment. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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un·​em·​ploy·​ment ˌən-im-ˈplȯi-mənt How to pronounce unemployment (audio)
: the state of being out of work
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