the state of being unemployed, especially involuntarily: Automation poses a threat of unemployment for many unskilled workers.
the number of persons who are unemployed.
- an·ti·un·em·ploy·ment, adjective
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How to use unemployment in a sentence
The proportion of uninsured Americans has been steadily growing over the past few years, a trend that is likely to accelerate as the pandemic’s record unemployment causes many to lose their employer-sponsored health benefits.The number of uninsured Americans was up even before the pandemic | Olivia Goldhill | September 15, 2020 | Quartz
That left 78,000 people looking for work at a time when federal unemployment benefits were running out.The Big Corporate Rescue and the America That’s Too Small to Save | by Lydia DePillis, Justin Elliott and Paul Kiel | September 12, 2020 | ProPublica
We saw how effective this could be when the federal government approved the $1,200 stimulus for all Americans and $600 in additional unemployment benefits for those who lost their jobs.How we can save small business from coronavirus-induced extinction | matthewheimer | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
The survey panel’s projected unemployment rate for December, for instance, is 2 percentage points lower now than it was when we asked just a month earlier.Economists’ Best- And Worst-Case Scenarios For The Recovery Haven’t Changed Very Much | Neil Paine (email@example.com) | September 10, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Stay-at-home orders in March due to the coronavirus pandemic triggered widespread unemployment in the United States.How COVID-19 worsened gender inequality in the U.S. workforce | Sujata Gupta | September 9, 2020 | Science News
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 | Monica Potts | December 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For much of the past half century, the rustbelt states suffered high levels of unemployment.
Youth unemployment currently stands at over 50 percent, and that in a country where half the population is under the age of 18.
This in a state that has a near record-low unemployment of 4.4 percent.
For men of the same age and educational background, the unemployment figure is just 5.8 percent.
"unemployment," in the case of the willing and able becomes henceforth a social crime.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
And then I suppose hell be out of work over there, and we shall be hearing of the unemployment in the Colonies!Chains | Elizabeth Baker
If I could only do something—solve the unemployment problem or make some grand gesture—in answer to all this.My Wonderful Visit | Charlie Chaplin
That step would be to learn how labor can enrich itself and do away with strikes and unemployment.The Iron Puddler | James J. Davis
Then some day comes the unemployment crisis, and a wave of revolt sweeping over the country.The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society | Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for unemployment
the condition of being unemployed
the number of unemployed workers, often as a percentage of the total labour force
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