job·​less | \ ˈjäb-ləs How to pronounce jobless (audio) \

Definition of jobless

1 : having no job
2 : of or relating to those having no job jobless benefits

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Other Words from jobless

joblessness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for jobless




employed, working

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Examples of jobless in a Sentence

having been jobless for six months, he was starting to get seriously discouraged

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Republicans have touted Kentucky's jobless rate and improved economy as a reason that voters should keep Bevin in office. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Andy Beshear, Matt Bevin land jabs at Kentucky Farm Bureau forum," 17 July 2019 But Arizona's jobless rate, 4.6%, is still above the U.S. average, as is the metro Phoenix figure of 4%. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Ducey is cheerleader-in-chief for the state economy. Is his enthusiasm justified?," 15 July 2019 For decades, economic theory suggested that low unemployment — such as the current jobless rate of 3.7% — meant that employers would have to raise pay to attract and keep workers, and that would then raise prices to cover higher wage costs. Washington Post, "Powell sends further signals of future rate cuts," 11 July 2019 In Los Angeles County, payrolls grew by 1.4% over the year, and the county’s unemployment rate stood at 3.9% in May. In Orange County, payrolls grew by 1.1%, while the jobless rate stood at 2.4%. Margot Roosevelt,, "California adds 19,400 jobs, a quarter of all U.S. employment growth in May," 21 June 2019 His character, Sam, lives in the trendy Silver Lake neighborhood but is jobless, about to become homeless, and well on the way down the rabbit hole of conspiracy theorizing. Ty Burr,, "‘Under the Silver Lake’ is a noir where the sun shines," 3 July 2019 In Oregon, the jobless rate has remained near a historic low below 4.5% for the past 31 months even as the higher minimum wages took effect. Mike Rogoway,, "Oregon employers adapt to successive minimum wage hikes," 30 June 2019 The jobless rate for African-Americans and Latinos is at or near record lows since 1973 when such record-keeping began. Chicago Tribune, Twin Cities, "Other voices: In praise of ingenuity: America’s record economic expansion," 23 June 2019 Southern California, and the nation, have seen jobless rates drop to historic lows for more than a year. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego unemployment falls to 2.8%," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of jobless

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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