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[uhn-em-ploi-muh nt] /ˌʌn ɛmˈplɔɪ mənt/
the state of being unemployed, especially involuntarily:
Automation poses a threat of unemployment for many unskilled workers.
the number of persons who are unemployed.
Origin of unemployment
First recorded in 1885-90; un-1 + employment
Related forms
antiunemployment, adjective Unabridged
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  • The commune will pay house rent for three months for a genuine case of unemployment.

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

    The World in Chains John Mavrogordato
  • It has been insidiously planted in some parts where the discontent growing out of unemployment brought fertile opportunity.

    Cox--The Man Roger W. Babson
  • We hear of the prevention of unemployment, the removal of the bugbear of "losing the job."

    The Psychology of Nations G.E. Partridge
  • unemployment prevailed, but he seemed to contact more women in business places than he did in former days.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
British Dictionary definitions for unemployment


the condition of being unemployed
the number of unemployed workers, often as a percentage of the total labour force
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unemployment

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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