Definition of unemployment benefit in English:

unemployment benefit

(US unemployment compensation)


mass noun
  • Payment made by the state or, in the US, a trade union, to an unemployed person.

    • ‘Some claimants for unemployment benefit will only receive a reduced rate of payment due to changes announced in the Budget.’
    • ‘The claims she has made for unemployment benefit and maternity payments have been rejected by the authorities in Skive, where they have settled.’
    • ‘Most of his income comes from unemployment benefit, a far cry from the sums being earned by those who have jumped on the game's financial gravy train.’
    • ‘The payment must be farm assist, fish assist, unemployment assistance or unemployment benefit.’
    • ‘The same benefits will also apply to one-parent family payment recipients, and those receiving unemployment benefit.’
    • ‘The current personal rate of unemployment benefit is €148.80 per week.’
    • ‘This was originally intended as a tax that would provide sick pay, unemployment benefit and pensions.’
    • ‘Any cat over the age of six months can be neutered but to be eligible for the offer you need to be receiving benefit, such as a state pension, income support, unemployment benefit or family credit.’
    • ‘Then they would collect unemployment benefit as opposed to strike pay from the union.’
    • ‘Born in Belfast, he left school at 15, subsisting on unemployment benefit after service in the British army.’
    • ‘Under Heath, the government began paying more money to those on invalidity benefit than those on unemployment benefit.’
    • ‘Families dependent on unemployment benefit and lone parent allowances do not have acceptable living budgets, according to a major study.’
    • ‘The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in July dropped to 1,981 compared to 2,021 in June.’
    • ‘He doesn't claim unemployment benefit or try to scam the social welfare.’
    • ‘Perhaps we might get a redundancy payment, but then our unemployment benefit would be cut back.’
    • ‘For tax purposes, clergy were designated Class E, which entitled them to social welfare payments, but not unemployment benefit.’
    • ‘No PRSI payments means no health, maternity, dental or unemployment benefit.’
    • ‘Now there are 1,586 claiming unemployment benefit.’
    • ‘I have never claimed unemployment benefit, never been sick, never broken the law and worked hard to ensure that this remained a great country for my children and grandchildren to grow up in.’
    • ‘Putting up the minimum wage and increasing unemployment benefit are not the way ahead.’
    social security, benefit, state benefit, benefit payment, public assistance
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unemployment benefit