unemployment

noun

un·​em·​ploy·​ment ˌən-im-ˈplȯi-mənt How to pronounce unemployment (audio)
1
: the state of being unemployed : involuntary idleness of workers
also : the rate of such unemployment
2

Example Sentences

My unemployment lasted about six months. Unemployment has been increasing for months. The current unemployment rate is six percent.
Recent Examples on the Web Despite the Fed’s tightening, growth remains strong and unemployment is low. Quartz, 23 Jan. 2023 Even if unemployment is accessible, the amount differs from state to state. Vanessa Yurkevich, CNN, 18 Jan. 2023 That’s what many companies in Japan, where unemployment has been low for years, have done. Christopher Rugaber, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Jan. 2023 That's what many companies in Japan, where unemployment has been low for years, have done. CBS News, 11 Jan. 2023 That's what many companies in Japan, where unemployment has been low for years, have done. Christopher Rugaber, ajc, 11 Jan. 2023 That’s what many companies in Japan, where unemployment has been low for years, have done. Christopher Rugaber, Fortune, 11 Jan. 2023 As of December, unemployment was 3.7 percent, a near-record low. Michael Steinberger, New York Times, 10 Jan. 2023 A year ago, unemployment was at 4.1 percent in the San Antonio-New Braunfels area. Erica Grieder, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Dec. 2022 See More

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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 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

unemployment

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