Meaning of “unemployment” - Learner’s Dictionary

unemployment

noun [ U ] us uk /ˌʌnɪmˈplɔɪmənt/
The minister quoted recent unemployment figures.The government must deal with unemployment.There is no quick fix for unemployment.He expects the economy to stagnate and unemployment to rise.The economy has been hit by high unemployment.
NUMBER

B1 the number of people who are unemployed:

a rise/fall in unemployment
The unemployment rate has increased to 20 percent.
NO JOB

the state of not having a job

(Definition of “unemployment” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)