un·​der·​em·​ployed | \ ˌən-dər-im-ˈplȯid How to pronounce underemployed (audio) \

Definition of underemployed

: having less than full-time, regular, or adequate employment

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And a Harris bill focused on job training would give unemployed and underemployed workers up to $8,000 for training programs. Li Zhou, Vox, "Kamala Harris’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained," 26 June 2019 Despite low unemployment, there are many talented people who are unemployed or underemployed, Bentley says. Caryn M. Sullivan, Twin Cities, "Caryn M. Sullivan: For would-be employees and amenable employers, opportunity for a happy dance," 23 June 2019 In addition to people who are jobless, some are underemployed or just want to pick up extra money here and there, like retirees or teachers on vacation breaks. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "How to find short-term 'gig' jobs with a tap on your phone," 7 June 2019 The most persuasive economic argument is for voters to look under the covers, to wit, low/full unemployment is good, but many households require two incomes to survive, many persons are underemployed (working below their capacity) and underpaid. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Econometer: Is there an economic argument against Trump that Democrats can make?," 21 June 2019 The six-week program is fully subsidized for unemployed and underemployed women. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "These women are turning to welding for a financial spark," 6 June 2019 Nearly 43% of recent college graduates are underemployed — that is, working in jobs that don’t require a college degree. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "California Inc.: A tough job market for recent college grads," 9 July 2018 From their phones and screens, unemployed and underemployed young Saudis consume the West’s blandishments, as well as the sermons of jihadist preachers and the enticements of global terrorists. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "Rethinking Saudi Arabia," 30 Nov. 2018 The government should also support training programs to help the unemployed and underemployed acquire the skills necessary to produce the high-tech products that the U.S. exports. Larry Harris, WSJ, "A Strong Dollar Is Good for America," 18 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of underemployed

1908, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of underemployed

: having a job that does not use your skills

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