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.
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Also called unemployment compensation.
Origin of unemployment benefit
First recorded in 1925–30
Words nearby unemployment benefit
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British Dictionary definitions for unemployment benefit
(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
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