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structural unemployment

Definition of Structural Unemployment

(noun) A type of unemployment that is caused by a mismatch between supply and demand for skills.

Structural Unemployment Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈstrək(t)ʃ(ə)rəl ənᵻmˈplɔɪm(ə)nt/
      • /ˈstrək(t)ʃ(ə)rəl ənɛmˈplɔɪm(ə)nt/
    • British English
      • /ˈstrʌktʃ(ə)rəl ənᵻmˈplɔɪm(ə)nt/
      • /ˈstrʌktʃ(ə)rl̩ ənᵻmˈplɔɪm(ə)nt/
      • /ˈstrʌktʃ(ə)rəl ənɛmˈplɔɪm(ə)nt/
      • /ˈstrʌktʃ(ə)rl̩ ənɛmˈplɔɪm(ə)nt/
  • Syllabification: (struc·tur·al un·em·ploy·ment)

Usage Note

  • Plural: structural unemployments

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Structural Unemployment

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “structural unemployment.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 24, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/structural-unemployment/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

structural unemployment. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/structural-unemployment/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “structural unemployment.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 24, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/structural-unemployment/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“structural unemployment.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/structural-unemployment/>.