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English definition of “unemployment benefit”

unemployment benefit

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
(Definition of unemployment benefit from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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