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 In Michigan, those receiving unemployment compensation are able to update their tax withholdings through their MiWAM account. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 11 June 2021 Harrisburg: The state will resume work-search requirements in July for hundreds of thousands of residents receiving unemployment compensation, a top Wolf administration official said Monday. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 May 2021 If the other spouse received just $1,000 in unemployment compensation in 2020, then the exclusion for tax purposes that the couple would receive would be $11,200 — not $16,000. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 14 May 2021 Also in place is a federal income tax break on $10,200 in unemployment compensation for those earning less than $150,000. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, 28 Apr. 2021 So, for example, if one spouse received $15,000 in jobless benefits but the other received just $1,000 in unemployment compensation in 2020, then the exclusion for tax purposes that the couple would receive would be $11,200 – not $16,000. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2021 The follow-up refunds would apply to people who filed their tax return reporting unemployment compensation before the recent tax break for jobless benefits was put into place as part of the American Rescue Plan. Susan Tompor, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2021 The follow up refunds would apply to people who filed their tax return reporting unemployment compensation before the recent tax break for jobless benefits was put into place as part of the American Rescue Plan. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 21 Apr. 2021 In 1934, Perkins began drafting plans for old-age insurance and unemployment compensation. Ronald G. Shafer Washington Post, Star Tribune, 21 Apr. 2021

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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 20 Jun. 2021.

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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.

More from Merriam-Webster on unemployment compensation

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about unemployment compensation

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