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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 national jobless rate remains near a 50-year low. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "The District’s economy is booming, but many black Washingtonians have been left out, study finds," 11 Feb. 2020 Trump's reelection campaign, meanwhile, is focused on the economy and the historically low jobless rate while ignoring the government's budget. Andrew Taylor, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump budget to face skepticism, overwhelming politics," 10 Feb. 2020 Oregon’s jobless rate was 3.7% in December, the lowest since 1976 when the state began using the current methodology for tracking unemployment. Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon Insight: State’s economic growth accelerates, outpacing national rate," 9 Feb. 2020 In December, the unemployment rate for married men logged in at 1.6%, while the unemployment rate for married women was 2.1%, both well below the overall jobless rate of 3.5%. WSJ, "Jobs Report Could Show Signs of Weakening Economic Momentum," 7 Feb. 2020 The jobless rate currently stands at 3.5 percent, a 50-year low. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "February 7, 2020," 7 Feb. 2020 In December, Arizona's jobless rate had fallen to 4.6 percent, but the nation's had dropped even faster, reaching 3.5 percent. Daniel Gonzalez, azcentral, "Arizona, border issues prominent in Trump's State of the Union speech," 4 Feb. 2020 The jobless rate in central Ohio was 3.3% in November. Mark Williams,, "Ohio’s big cities lead state’s job gains in 2019; others lose ground," 29 Jan. 2020 In November, the jobless rate was 3.8 percent, only slightly higher than the national average. New York Times, "How the G.O.P. Became the Party of the Left Behind," 27 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of jobless

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Jobless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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