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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.
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Origin of unemployment

First recorded in 1885–90; un-1 + employment
Related formsan·ti·un·em·ploy·ment, adjective
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Related Words

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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.

    Woman

    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
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Word Origin and History for unemployment

n.

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

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