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 The employment department says Perkins, the first female member of a presidential cabinet, was instrumental in establishing unemployment insurance in the U.S. Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 6 Sep. 2022 Lawmakers scrambled to act, and in late March, President Trump signed the $2 trillion CARES Act, a sprawling package that included direct payments to households, enhanced unemployment insurance, and small-business loans. The Week Staff, The Week, 7 Aug. 2022 The federal government gave people stimulus checks, expanded unemployment insurance, provided rental assistance. James Brown, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2022 Even though families had a bigger financial cushion going into 2022 compared to pre-pandemic levels, those households no longer have expanded unemployment insurance, a child care tax credit, or pandemic-era stimulus checks. Nate Dicamillo, Quartz, 19 Apr. 2022 Separate data from the Labor Department on Thursday showed that filings for unemployment insurance fell last week for the second week in a row. Ben Casselman, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Aug. 2022 Data released Thursday showed that 262,000 Americans filed for unemployment insurance in the week ended Aug. 6, up from 248,000 the week prior. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, 11 Aug. 2022 Claims for unemployment insurance started growing faster in the first half of July. Nate Dicamillo, Quartz, 2 Aug. 2022 Media outlets made much gloom over the report of a rise in initial claims for unemployment insurance to 251,000 during the week of July 16. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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19 Sep 2022

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“Unemployment insurance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unemployment%20insurance. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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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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