unemployment insurance


Definition of unemployment insurance

: social insurance against involuntary unemployment that provides unemployment compensation for a limited period to unemployed workers also : unemployment compensation

Examples of unemployment insurance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some 25,000 claimants have already received more than $33 million, said Regina Ashley, chief unemployment insurance officer at the state Department of Workforce Development. Tami Luhby, CNN, 16 July 2021 Money could come from $125 billion in COVID-19 relief funds approved in 2020 but not yet spent, as well as untapped unemployment insurance funds, among a hodgepodge of other sources. Lisa Mascaro And Kevin Freking, chicagotribune.com, 14 July 2021 At the end of March, 21 Senate Democrats (including Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders) sent a letter to President Biden supporting the idea of recurring payments and automatic unemployment insurance extensions. Chris Morris, Fortune, 8 July 2021 And the unemployment insurance fiasco here in California? Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 July 2021 Hawkins is one of several people who have been charged with stealing unemployment insurance money intended to help Michiganders who were out of work during the pandemic. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, 1 July 2021 Still, the Legislature set a late December deadline for the spending, which meant the remaining $29 million had to be redirected to the state's unemployment insurance trust fund. Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 The authors of the study project that misclassification of workers in the Massachusetts construction industry led to a $24.5 million to $40.6 million shortfall in the state’s unemployment insurance fund in 2019. BostonGlobe.com, 29 June 2021 It would be financed through a combination of collecting unpaid taxes, redirecting unspent unemployment insurance relief funds, corporate user fees, reinstating Superfund fees for chemicals and other mechanisms. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, 26 June 2021

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First Known Use of unemployment insurance

1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unemployment insurance was in 1923

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21 Jul 2021

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“Unemployment insurance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unemployment%20insurance. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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Legal Definition of unemployment insurance

: a social insurance program that provides unemployment compensation for a limited period to involuntarily unemployed workers

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