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unemployment

[uhn-em-ploi-muh nt]
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noun
  1. the state of being unemployed, especially involuntarily: Automation poses a threat of unemployment for many unskilled workers.
  2. the number of persons who are unemployed.
  3. Informal. unemployment benefit.

Origin of unemployment

First recorded in 1885–90; un-1 + employment
Related formsan·ti·un·em·ploy·ment, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unemployment

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Historical Examples

  • The best results were obtained in the sphere of unemployment.

    The World in Chains

    John Mavrogordato

  • The most radical provision of the new bill is that which deals with unemployment.

    Socialism As It Is

    William English Walling

  • We hear of the prevention of unemployment, the removal of the bugbear of "losing the job."

  • The special and solid result of the reign of the employers has been—unemployment.

    A Miscellany of Men

    G. K. Chesterton

  • The unemployment problem will be dealt with by the State, and dealt with so that there will be no unemployment problem.

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    William J. Robinson


British Dictionary definitions for unemployment

unemployment

noun
  1. the condition of being unemployed
  2. the number of unemployed workers, often as a percentage of the total labour force
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for unemployment

n.

1888, from un- (1) "not" + employment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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