unemployment

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noun un·em·ploy·ment \ˌən-im-ˈplȯi-mənt\

Definition of unemployment

  1. 1 :  the state of being unemployed :  involuntary idleness of workers; also :  the rate of such unemployment

  2. 2 :  unemployment compensation

Examples of unemployment in a Sentence

  1. My unemployment lasted about six months.

  2. Unemployment has been increasing for months.

  3. The current unemployment rate is six percent.

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First Known Use of unemployment

1789


UNEMPLOYMENT Defined for English Language Learners

unemployment

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Definition of unemployment for English Language Learners

  • : 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


UNEMPLOYMENT Defined for Kids

unemployment

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noun un·em·ploy·ment \ˌən-im-ˈplȯi-mənt\

Definition of unemployment for Students

  1. 1 :  the state of being out of work

  2. 2 :  the number of people who do not have jobs



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