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unemployment

[uhn-em-ploi-muh nt] /ˌʌn ɛmˈplɔɪ mənt/
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.
Origin of unemployment
1885-1890
1885-90; un-1 + employment
Related forms
antiunemployment, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unemployment
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  • The commune will pay house rent for three months for a genuine case of unemployment.

  • The best results were obtained in the sphere of unemployment.

    The World in Chains John Mavrogordato
  • It has been insidiously planted in some parts where the discontent growing out of unemployment brought fertile opportunity.

    Cox--The Man Roger W. Babson
  • We hear of the prevention of unemployment, the removal of the bugbear of "losing the job."

    The Psychology of Nations G.E. Partridge
  • unemployment prevailed, but he seemed to contact more women in business places than he did in former days.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
British Dictionary definitions for unemployment

unemployment

/ˌʌnɪmˈplɔɪmənt/
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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