- the state of being unemployed, especially involuntarily: Automation poses a threat of unemployment for many unskilled workers.
- the number of persons who are unemployed.
- Informal. unemployment benefit.
Origin of unemployment
Examples from the Web for unemployment
Last year, it let an unemployment extension for the long-term jobless expire during the holidays.To GOP Congress, as Usual, It’s Welfare on the Chopping Block
December 25, 2014
For much of the past half century, the rustbelt states suffered high levels of unemployment.The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead
Joel Kotkin, Richey Piiparinen
December 7, 2014
For men of the same age and educational background, the unemployment figure is just 5.8 percent.Cameroonian Women Fighting Sexism With Tourism
November 7, 2014
The reduction in the unemployment levels is largely due to part time jobs and more people simply giving up looking for jobs.Voters Remind D.C. That the Economy Still Sucks
November 6, 2014
The unemployed have a right to be anxious about the ravages on their families exacted by their unemployment.Ebola, ISIS, the Border: So Much to Fear, So Little Time!
November 2, 2014
The best results were obtained in the sphere of unemployment.The World in Chains
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 Psychology of Nations
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.Woman
William J. Robinson
- the condition of being unemployed
- the number of unemployed workers, often as a percentage of the total labour force