Definition of “unemployment benefit” - English Dictionary

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“unemployment benefit” in British English

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unemployment benefitnoun [ U ]

uk /ʌn.ɪmˈplɔɪ.mənt ˌben.ɪ.fɪt/ us /ʌn.ɪmˈplɔɪ.mənt ˌben.ə.fɪt/ UK US unemployment benefits, unemployment

(Definition of “unemployment benefit” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“unemployment benefit” in Business English

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unemployment benefitnoun [ C or U ]

uk us 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.

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

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