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Definition of jobless

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

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joblessness noun

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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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Opening the annual session of China’s legislature on Tuesday, Premier Li Keqiang laid out plans to fend off risks in the economy and keep the nation’s jobless rate steady. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "China Expects 2019 Economic Growth of 6% to 6.5%," 4 Mar. 2019 Last January, a jobless Comstock woke up, went to her serene purple-and-gray office in her West Village townhouse, and tried to stave off panic. Stephanie Clifford, Marie Claire, "Beth Comstock on How to Survive Losing Your Job," 15 Jan. 2019 In another bullish sign, the gap between vacancies and the number of unemployed widened to 573,000 in May, a sign there's potentially work available for every jobless person in America. Shobhana Chandra,, "A record number of Americans are quitting their jobs," 10 July 2018 While there are varying accounts of what started the 1970 riots – with many residents citing jobless youth throwing rocks into business windows – the touchpoint is unclear. Asbury Park Press, "Read more from this Project," 15 June 2018 Even jobless deportees are still seen as coming from the more monied and privileged United States. CNN, "Torn from their families in the US, Salvadoran deportees return to a gang-ravaged homeland," 7 June 2018 Such amounts still pale with the scale of the US economy and critics worry the plan may only reshuffle where the poor and jobless live by speeding up gentrification in areas already on the upswing. Howard Schneider, The Christian Science Monitor, "As US jobs market grows, cities look to support those left behind," 9 May 2018 Being able to pay for a medical emergency or keep up with bills during a jobless stint means not having to use high-interest plastic, borrow money at loan-shark rates or damage your credit due to late payments and defaults., "5 great ways to invest your tax refund (NerdWallet)," 27 Apr. 2018 The number of workers applying for jobless benefits last week fell to its lowest level in nearly 50 years. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "U.S. Economy Grew by 2.3% in First Quarter, Easing Slightly," 28 Apr. 2018

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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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