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unemployment benefit

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.
Also called unemployment compensation.
Origin of unemployment benefit
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for unemployment benefit
  • In case you think that they are relying on some generous unemployment benefit, you are wrong again.
  • Consequently, supplemental unemployment benefit plans developed instead of guaranteed annual wage plans.
  • Required qualifications for unemployment benefit increases.
  • Unemployed workers can choose to have income tax withheld from their unemployment benefit payments.
  • The law provides that these rates may be increased or decreased depending on the solvency of the unemployment benefit trust fund.
British Dictionary definitions for unemployment benefit

unemployment benefit

(in Britain, formerly) a regular payment to a person who is out of work: replaced by jobseeker's allowance in 1996 Informal term dole
(in New Zealand) a means-tested monetary benefit paid weekly by the Social Security Department to the unemployed
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