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 dilemma may be especially stark for the millions of Americans who can expect to see a significant cut in their unemployment insurance benefits near the end of July, when the US$600 per week subsidy from the federal government is set to expire. Elizabeth C. Tippett, The Conversation, "COVID-19: As offices reopen, here’s what to expect if you’re worried about getting sick on the job," 7 July 2020 To help, lawmakers appropriated $230 million in federal pandemic relief money to provide unemployed residents with an additional $100 per week beyond their normal unemployment insurance payments. USA TODAY, "Bull riding, Whac-a-Mole, prisoner release: News from around our 50 states," 14 July 2020 For 16 straight weeks now, more than 1 million Americans have filed for unemployment insurance, all but dashing hopes of a brisk V-shaped recovery. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "‘Crazy’ bull market: Why a warning shot about China’s bull run is spooking global investors," 10 July 2020 More than one million Kentucky workers have applied for unemployment insurance for the first time over the past 15 weeks due to the economic impacts of the coronavirus, according to the Courier-Journal. Julia Fair, The Enquirer, "'Tenants have literally thumbed their nose.' NKY landlords sue Beshear to resume evictions paused by the COVID-19 pandemic," 7 July 2020 Many small businesses that took advantage of a government loan program for small businesses may exhaust their borrowings next month, and enhanced unemployment insurance payments will also expire unless Congress acts. Washington Post, "Some jobs are coming back, but economy will need years to heal," 3 July 2020 In Massachusetts, 66% of new applicants got their unemployment insurance payments in March, compared with 29% nationally and fewer than 10% in North Carolina, according to a Pew study. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "How North Carolina Transformed Itself Into the Worst State to Be Unemployed," 30 June 2020 Act, which President Donald Trump signed into law on March 27, included a federal supplement of $600 to state unemployment insurance payments. Todd Defeo, Washington Examiner, "GOP senator pushing $450 per week payment for returning workers," 2 June 2020 Nationwide, a little more than 1.4 million Americans applied for unemployment insurance for the first time last week. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "More than 1 million Kentucky workers have filed for unemployment over past 15 weeks," 3 July 2020

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First Known Use of unemployment insurance

1923, in the meaning defined above

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1 Aug 2020

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“Unemployment insurance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unemployment%20insurance. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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