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

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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If defecting means hiding, finding themselves jobless, risking their safety and that of their families, many might think twice. Natalie Gallón, CNN, "They risked everything for Guaidó. Now Venezuela's military defectors are lost," 4 June 2019 Unemployment insurance programs are meant to help people who become jobless through no fault of their own. Ken Girardin, WSJ, "New York’s Subsidy for Striking Unions," 20 May 2019 No wonder hungry, jobless Turkmen are trying their luck elsewhere—or would be, if the government would let them. The Economist, "Turkmenistan finds a novel solution to mass emigration," 5 July 2018 And the very low jobless rate masks some weakness in the labor market. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "How Good Is the Trump Economy, Really?," 9 June 2018 That figure compared with 15 percent of Hispanics and 8 percent of whites in that age range who were both jobless and not going to school. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Harvey expo seeks to link youth with summer jobs," 12 Apr. 2018 Conditt, a jobless 23-year-old college dropout, killed himself early Wednesday by detonating a bomb inside his red Mazda SUV alongside I-35 in nearby Round Rock, as police closed in to arrest him. Mike Ward And Kevin Diaz, San Antonio Express-News, "Investigators trying to make sense of serial bomber’s motive," 22 Mar. 2018 Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., were a seasonally adjusted 212,000 in the week ended May 11, the Labor Department said Thursday. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "U.S. Jobless Claims Fell Last Week," 16 May 2019 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

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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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