jobless

adjective

job·​less ˈjäb-ləs How to pronounce jobless (audio)
1
: having no job
2
: of or relating to those having no job
jobless benefits
joblessness noun

Examples of jobless in a Sentence

having been jobless for six months, he was starting to get seriously discouraged
Recent Examples on the Web In his veto, Newsom cited the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s huge deficit, upwards of $20 billion borrowed from the federal government to cover jobless benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 9 Apr. 2024 And federal data that tracks applications for jobless aid indicates that, economy-wide, layoffs remain at very low levels. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 1 Apr. 2024 In China, the jobless rate for young people aged 16-24 climbed to 15.3% in the first two months of the year, about three times higher than the 5.3% rate for the urban population. Anup Roy, Fortune Asia, 30 Mar. 2024 Nevada's jobless rate remains higher than the US overall The unemployment rates for Nevada, Las Vegas and Reno surged during the pandemic as compared to the national rate. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 As the pandemic made millions of Americans jobless almost overnight in the spring of 2020, many responded by launching new business ventures. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, 28 Jan. 2024 New applications for jobless benefits, often seen as the earliest sign of any changes in the labor market, remain at historically low levels. Bryan Mena, CNN, 20 Mar. 2024 Vice President Harris got her start in politics when Speaker Brown appointed her to a state board reviewing appeals for those denied jobless benefits. James Richardson, The Mercury News, 19 Mar. 2024 The number of Americans applying for jobless benefits last week inched up but largely stayed at historically low levels as the labor market continues to thrive despite elevated interest rates. Matt Ott, Quartz, 14 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of jobless was in 1862

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“Jobless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jobless. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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