Definition of unemployment in English:



mass noun
  • 1The state of being unemployed.

    ‘the serious level of unemployment among school-leavers’
    • ‘Schools in sink estates send more pupils into unemployment than to further or higher education.’
    • ‘Drug abuse, unemployment and prejudice are among the many difficulties facing our communities.’
    • ‘This will in turn reduce serious long-term unemployment as well as youth unemployment.’
    • ‘While this group is a spending group, it is also subject to mid-life redundancy and unemployment.’
    • ‘The youth want to leave the country as unemployment has become a serious problem.’
    • ‘Higher education is a path away from unemployment and to equality with the rest of the working world.’
    • ‘It has languished long enough in the shadow of unemployment and empty promises.’
    • ‘This is a very real fear for them, as unemployment has a drastic impact on people's self esteem.’
    • ‘Part of the joy of unemployment is, of course, that I can scour the Internet for the least relevant links ever.’
    • ‘To make any serious headway against unemployment, twice that number need to be created.’
    • ‘In the next two sections we consider unemployment, and occupation and job levels.’
    • ‘I have found it strange and yet logical that one of the first symptoms of unemployment is serious and serial sloth.’
    • ‘One such issue is the crippling and dangerous state of unemployment amongst young people.’
    • ‘Cllr Weir also went on to highlight the problem of unemployment in the Ballina area.’
    • ‘He said such support could help to curb crime and unemployment in South Africa.’
    • ‘In urban areas the problem of unemployment is not acute, it is serious mainly in rural areas.’
    • ‘Holland has just had eight years of solid economic growth and unemployment is almost non-existent.’
    • ‘Another point is that unemployment is a trap that can be hard to get out of.’
    • ‘As a society, we have chosen to have a certain level of unemployment in exchange for low inflation.’
    • ‘The low level of unemployment has also been a major contributor to growth.’
    redundancy, dismissal, discharge
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    1. 1.1 The number or proportion of unemployed people.
      ‘a time of high unemployment’
      • ‘One of the main reasons is it's very difficult to get unemployment figures over a century.’
      • ‘The actual unemployment rate in the shanties is much higher than official figures.’
      • ‘The politicians will lose voters and the unemployment figures will certainly go up with a bang.’
      • ‘The official unemployment figures for April also point to a contracting economy.’
      • ‘Critics perceived it as a desperate government policy to hide the soaring unemployment figures of the day.’
      • ‘Inflation, unemployment and retail sales figures are all forecast to point to a slowdown.’
      • ‘The drop in Maori unemployment on a proportionate basis has been most impressive.’
      • ‘One suspects that at least some of the reason is that the unemployment figures are thereby massaged.’
      • ‘It would lower unemployment figures because more people would be able to do it.’
      • ‘The decease in the unemployment figures did little to increase the government's popularity.’
      • ‘The unemployment figure in this country is the lowest that it has been in a generation.’
      • ‘A number of policies were introduced which caused the unemployment figures to drop.’
      • ‘So all this economic growth stuff and unemployment figures may be wide of the real mark.’
      • ‘The index saw its biggest rise for nine months in July when record unemployment figures were announced.’
      • ‘The latest UK unemployment figures have shown a small fall in the number of jobless.’
      • ‘Also the second oil crisis towards the end of the 1970s had an influence on the unemployment figures.’
      • ‘With six-and-a-half per cent unemployment, we have the worst figures in the region.’
      • ‘It must also be said that it helps to keep the unemployment figures at an acceptable level.’
      • ‘The achievement by this government I am most proud of is the unemployment figure.’
      • ‘What will cause problems to both borrowers and lenders is if the economy takes a dive and unemployment rises.’