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 Those with income from unemployment compensation, Social Security benefits and income interest less than or equal to $1,500 may also be eligible to use Direct File in this year’s pilot phase. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 25 Jan. 2024 Curiously, or maybe not, the agency did not contest the unemployment compensation claims. Kevin Rennie, Hartford Courant, 13 Jan. 2024 Other portions were allocated to the expansion of broadband internet access, water and sewer projects, the state’s unemployment compensation trust fund, hospitals and nursing homes, and other purposes. Mike Cason | McAson@al.com, al, 13 Sep. 2022 The pilot will cover W-2 wage income, Social Security and railroad retirement income, unemployment compensation, interest of $1,500 or less, the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the Credit for Other Dependents. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 18 Oct. 2023 Along with state unemployment tax systems, the FUTA tax provides money for paying unemployment compensation to workers. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 8 Mar. 2023 Johnson faces a minimum of one year in prison and a maximum of five years and/or up to a $5,000 fine on the unemployment compensation fraud charge. Staff Report, Hartford Courant, 23 Jan. 2023 The American Rescue Plan of 2021, which became law in March 2021, excluded up to $10,200 in 2020 unemployment compensation from taxable income. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 9 Jan. 2023 Two sisters have been arrested in connection with unemployment compensation benefit cases, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice. Hartford Courant, 22 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unemployment compensation was in 1935

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“Unemployment compensation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unemployment%20compensation. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition

unemployment compensation

un·​em·​ploy·​ment 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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