unemployment

[ uhn-em-ploi-muh nt ]
/ ˌʌn ɛmˈplɔɪ mənt /

noun

the state of being unemployed, especially involuntarily: Automation poses a threat of unemployment for many unskilled workers.
the number of persons who are unemployed.

Nearby words

  1. unemancipated,
  2. unembarrassed,
  3. unemotional,
  4. unemployable,
  5. unemployed,
  6. unemployment benefit,
  7. unemployment compensation,
  8. unemployment insurance,
  9. unencrypted,
  10. unencumbered

Origin of unemployment

First recorded in 1885–90; un-1 + employment

Related formsan·ti·un·em·ploy·ment, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for unemployment

unemployment

/ (ˌʌnɪmˈplɔɪmənt) /

noun

the condition of being unemployed
the number of unemployed workers, often as a percentage of the total labour force
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Word Origin and History for unemployment

unemployment

n.

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

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