[ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM unemployment

an·ti·un·em·ploy·ment, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unemployment

/ (ˌʌnɪmˈplɔɪmənt) /


the condition of being unemployed
the number of unemployed workers, often as a percentage of the total labour force
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