unemployment compensation

noun

Definition of unemployment compensation

: compensation paid at regular intervals (as by a government agency) to an unemployed worker and especially one who has been laid off

called also unemployment benefit

Examples of unemployment compensation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Department of Labor has disbursed nearly $2 billion in COVID-19 related unemployment compensation benefits since mid-March, paying out about 95 percent of the claims. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Unemployment in Alabama falls in May from 40-year high," 19 June 2020 This isn’t the first time the state has had to borrow money from the federal government to pay unemployment compensation. cleveland, "State of Ohio asks feds for more than $3 billion loan to fund unemployment claims," 16 June 2020 That’s on top of as much as $521 a week in unemployment compensation from the state. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio-area bankruptcies plunge in wake of coronavirus shut-down orders," 10 June 2020 The story, which began on the Front Page, misstated how frequently people receive an extra $600 in unemployment compensation from the federal Cares Act. SFChronicle.com, "Corrections, June 9," 8 June 2020 Over 100,000 have died from COVID-19 and over 40 million have filed for unemployment compensation. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "How to boost Texas’ economy and humanity? Be more welcoming to LGBTQ residents — and make it a law," 31 May 2020 Sustaining adequate unemployment compensation during the entirety of the pandemic is both a moral necessity and smart down payment on post-pandemic economic growth. Diego Mendoza-moyers, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio unemployed workers are slipping through the cracks," 18 May 2020 Other workers not covered by regular unemployment compensation. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Additional unemployment aid may show up in your bank account as soon as today; applications for other benefits being accepted, state says," 29 Apr. 2020 Uplink, the electronic system workers use to file claims, needed to be updated to make the necessary requirements happen for the disbursement of the federal pandemic unemployment compensation, the spokesman said. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "A glimmer of hope as fewer workers in Indiana, U.S. file initial unemployment claims," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of unemployment compensation

1935, in the meaning defined above

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“Unemployment compensation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unemployment%20compensation. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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unemployment compensation

noun
un·​em·​ploy·​ment compensation

Legal Definition of unemployment compensation

: compensation paid at regular intervals (as by a state agency) to an unemployed worker and especially one who has been laid off

called also unemployment benefit

Note: Unemployment compensation is usually a fixed percentage of the former wages of an unemployed worker.

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