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noun [uncountable] unemployment pronunciation in American English /ˌʌnɪmˈplɔɪmənt/
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    economics a situation in which some people do not have work and do not have an income

    The community here has been devastated by poverty and unemployment.

    high/low unemployment:

    a period of low unemployment and low inflation

    Unemployment rose last month to its highest level for over five years.

    unemployment rate/figures:

    The unemployment rate fell to 4 percent.

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