unemployment - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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  1. 1
    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.

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

    high/low unemployment:

    a period of low unemployment and low inflation

    unemployment rate/figures:

    The unemployment rate fell to 4 per cent.