unemployment benefit

unemployment benefit
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unemployment benefit UK US noun [C or U] UK (US unemployment benefits [plural])
GOVERNMENT money that the government pays regularly to unemployed people who are looking for a job. The term ""unemployment benefit"" was officially replaced in the UK by ""Jobseeker's Allowance"" in 1996: »

Some people consider that generous unemployment benefits have harmed the UK economy.


Figures showed that 50,000 people in the region were on unemployment benefit.

claim/receive unemployment benefit »

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit fell last week by 1,500 to 2.18 million.


A Labour Department report said people collecting unemployment benefits rose to the highest level in 18 months.

See also JOBSEEKER'S ALLOWANCE(Cf. ↑Jobseeker's Allowance)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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