unemployment

un|em|ploy|ment
W2S2 [ˌʌnımˈplɔımənt] n [U]
1.) the number of people in a particular country or area who cannot get a job
The level of unemployment is rising.
areas of high unemployment (=where many people do not have a job)
The unemployment rate remained at 5.2%.
Rising unemployment has been the price we've had to pay for getting inflation down.
It has been the largest sustained fall in unemployment in the history of this country.
above average levels of unemployment
monthly unemployment figures for the UK
2.) when someone does not have a job
Closure of the plant means 80 workers are facing unemployment.
3.) AmE money paid regularly by the government to people who have no job
on unemployment
He's been on unemployment for two months.
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COLLOCATES for sense 1
high/low unemployment
rising/falling unemployment
rise/increase/growth in unemployment
fall/decrease in unemployment
level of unemployment/unemployment level
unemployment rate
unemployment figures/statistics
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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