- 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.
Origin of unemployment benefit
First recorded in 1925–30
Also called unemployment compensation.
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- (in Britain, formerly) a regular payment to a person who is out of work: replaced by jobseeker's allowance in 1996Informal term: dole
- (in New Zealand) a means-tested monetary benefit paid weekly by the Social Security Department to the unemployed