The feeling of unemployment is associated with many other feelings, most of them unpleasant. These are feelings of fear, insecurity, loss, stress, and anxiety over the unknown. So when the notion of unemployment crops up in a dream, these feelings are likely to crop up as well. This symbol appearing in your dream could signify that an ending is on its way in your life, and the literal translation could be work.
You could be getting a premonition that you have grown out of your current position and it is time to start looking elsewhere. Even if you don’t think you are going to be let go, the simple message could be, it will not hurt to look elsewhere to see if someone out there is interested in paying you more. If you see this symbol in your dream and your work life is exactly where you want it to be, you may want to look at other interpretations.
Are there relationships in your life that could use a performance review? Are you the one that needs a performance review? A positive feeling associated with the feeling of unemployment is freedom. So if unemployment is cropping up in your dream it may be that you will soon be liberated from a situation that is preventing you from growing to your fullest potential.