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unemployment benefit

an allowance of money paid, usually weekly, to an unemployed worker by a state or federal agency or by the worker's labor union or former employer during all or part of the period of unemployment.
Also called unemployment compensation.
Origin of unemployment benefit
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for unemployment compensation

unemployment compensation

(in the US) payment by a governmental agency to unemployed people

unemployment benefit

(in Britain, formerly) a regular payment to a person who is out of work: replaced by jobseeker's allowance in 1996 Informal term dole
(in New Zealand) a means-tested monetary benefit paid weekly by the Social Security Department to the unemployed
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unemployment compensation in Culture

unemployment compensation definition

Short-term payments made to workers who have involuntarily lost their jobs.

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