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[uhn-em-ploi-muh nt] /ˌʌn ɛmˈplɔɪ mənt/
the state of being unemployed, especially involuntarily:
Automation poses a threat of unemployment for many unskilled workers.
the number of persons who are unemployed.
1885-90; un-1 + employment
Related forms
antiunemployment, adjective Unabridged
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  • Idle industries have cast workers into unemployment, causing human misery and personal indignity.
  • Yet this increased revenue has not eased economic hardships, which include double-digit unemployment and inflation.
  • Now many of those jobs have been shipped overseas and the town is plagued with unemployment.
  • Second, he argues, only manufacturing can meaningfully reduce unemployment.
  • For example, at the outset, students have no reason to be interested in a topic such as unemployment.
  • The reality is that when you tax energy, you slow the economy and in doing so accept higher unemployment and less economic growth.
  • unemployment might go away considering ground support needed.
  • Figuring out how to inspire, in this age of preoccupation with debt and unemployment, is not going to be easy.
  • The economy is in the dumps, unemployment is still on the rise, but no let's not focus on that.
  • Use of labor in a world of unemployment is not a problem, it is a solution.
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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Word Origin and History for unemployment

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

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