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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Other Words from jobless

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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Measuring China’s jobless rate has always been a headache. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "The Search for Reliable Chinese Jobs Data Intensifies," 18 Feb. 2019 The African-American rate is still nearly double the jobless rate for whites, at 3.5 percent. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s speech exaggerates border peril," 6 Feb. 2019 The shutdown of 700-plus stores leaves around 30,000 people jobless. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "Former ‘Toys R Us kids’ scour stores as retail icon says so long," 29 June 2018 More than a decade under Israeli and then Egyptian blockades has left the enclave's 2 million people, particularly its youth, largely jobless and hopeless. NBC News, "Gaza protests replaced by funerals as Palestinians mark 'nakba'," 15 May 2018 The fires that ranged across multiple neighborhoods left 2,000 people homeless and nearly 5,000 jobless. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination Sparked Uprisings in Cities Across America," 4 Apr. 2018 Tesfagabr, the Eritrean migrant, is now jobless, without a passport and dependent on his savings to pay the rent. Washington Post, "AP Exclusive: Migrant recounts his deportation from Israel," 21 Feb. 2018 Barry Thompson was one of the Manitowoc Co. workers left jobless when the company moved its ice-machine manufacturing to Monterrey, Mexico, a few years ago. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Workers restart their careers in a market where jobs, pay are often in flux," 9 Feb. 2018 Those cold shoulders were easy to ignore when the jobless rate was above 6 percent and the Army’s most dependable recruiter, Sgt. Dave Philipps, The Seattle Times, "The Army, in need of recruits, turns focus to Seattle, other liberal-leaning cities," 2 Jan. 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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