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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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 As for the specter of stagflation, the jobless rate has remained low and steady at 3.6%, though rising interest rates could change that. David Oshinsky, WSJ, 29 July 2022 The jobless rate is near a record low, 3.6%, and the number of job vacancies in the state considerably outnumbers the number of people looking for work. oregonlive, 29 July 2022 The jobless rate held steady in June at 3.6 percent, near a 50-year low. Larry Edelman,, 28 July 2022 When inflation became ingrained in the 1980s, the Fed, trying to vanquish it, ultimately raised interest rates to double-digit levels and provoked back-to-back recessions that pushed the jobless rate above 10 percent. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, 27 July 2022 The county’s jobless rate is lower than California, at 4.2 percent, and the national average of 3.6 percent. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 July 2022 Before the pandemic hit in February 2020, Massachusetts’ jobless rate was 2.9 percent. Globe Staff,, 22 July 2022 Georgia’s performance continues to outpace that of the nation, which has a slightly higher jobless rate of 3.6%, but has also been adding jobs. Michael E. Kanell, ajc, 21 July 2022 The jobless rate exceeds the U.S. rate of 3.6% in June. Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant, 21 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of jobless

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Aug 2022

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“Jobless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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