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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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Examples of jobless in a Sentence

having been jobless for six months, he was starting to get seriously discouraged
Recent Examples on the Web The jobless rate among white workers is 10.1%, while for Black workers the unemployment rate is the highest, at 15.4%. Alan Murray, Fortune, "For Danone’s CEO, stakeholder capitalism “is a fact”," 7 July 2020 The jobless rate is projected to decline only slowly thereafter, reaching 4.4% at the end of 2030, still above the pre-pandemic level of 3.5%. Eric Martin,, "CBO Trims U.S. GDP Forecast for This Year, Lifts 2021 Projection," 5 July 2020 The jobless rate fell to 11.1% from 13.3% a month earlier, the department said. Tatyana Shumsky And Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Companies Choose Furloughs Over Layoffs to Manage Coronavirus Slowdown," 5 July 2020 In Birmingham, the May jobless rate fell to 8.7 percent, as the region gained more than 28,500 jobs that month. William Thornton |, al, "Alabama’s economy, rattled by coronavirus, looks for the way forward," 5 July 2020 For Black workers, the jobless rate has fallen just over 1 point, to 15.4 percent, and the unemployment rate for Black men actually rose in June. Ben Casselman,, "After June job gains, still a ‘deep hole,’ and new worries," 3 July 2020 The jobless rate for black people is 15.4 percent and 13.8 percent for Asians. Author: Eli Rosenberg, Heather Long, Jeff Stein, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. economy added 4.8 million jobs in June, but fierce new head winds have emerged," 2 July 2020 During the same month last years, the jobless rate was 15% for the category. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Economy added 4.8M jobs in June, before surge in coronavirus infections," 2 July 2020 Another less positive factor limiting the jobless rate is that people have dropped out of the labor force and are no longer looking for work. Washington Post, "Europe contains jobless rate, but faces summer of discontent," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of jobless

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jul 2020

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“Jobless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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