jobless

adjective
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 That could diminish the rationale for the government offering more direct aid, especially if the jobless rate recovers and more workers come off the sidelines. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 16 June 2021 At the onset of the pandemic, in April 2020, Latinas had the highest jobless rate of all demographic groups at 20.2%, versus a 14.7% rate for the country as a whole. Palash Ghosh, Forbes, 16 June 2021 The state’s jobless rate is roughly even with the national rate, which was 5.8% last month. Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 15 June 2021 Employers have added back roughly two-thirds of the 22.5 million jobs lost at the onset of the pandemic, pushing the jobless rate down to 5.8% in May from 14.8% in 2020. Kate Davidson, WSJ, 11 June 2021 But the influx of call-center work, paying between $12 and $20 an hour plus benefits, has lowered the jobless rate in small towns like McKee, Booneville and Annville by around 5%. jsonline.com, 9 June 2021 The end of 2019 saw the lowest jobless rate (3.5%) in half a century. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 June 2021 By December, the jobless rate had fallen to 6.7 per cent. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 5 June 2021 The jobless rate dropped to 5.8%, while the labor participation rate was little changed. Reade Pickert, Fortune, 4 June 2021

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First Known Use of jobless

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jun 2021

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“Jobless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jobless. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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