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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Recent Examples on the Web Academic experts suggest that economic downturns typically push underemployed or unemployed people to search for new skills or certifications. Emily Donaldson, Dallas News, 30 Apr. 2021 From a United States perspective, and based on their data, Autism Speaks shared that: Studies estimate that 50 to 75 % of the roughly 5.6 million autistic adults in the U.S. are underemployed or unemployed. Jennifer "jay" Palumbo, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 At the same time, millions of out of work or underemployed Americans are struggling to keep a roof over their head and others have become homeless. USA Today, 14 Apr. 2021 Susie, an underemployed nanny in Chicago who requested her last name not be used for fear of harming her employment prospects, said that she was caught off guard when her benefits expired two weeks ago, after claiming them for about a year. Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2021 Studies estimate a staggering 50-75% of the 5.6 million autistic adults in the U.S. are unemployed or underemployed. Jennifer "jay" Palumbo, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Mental health services can be challenging for those who are employed and even more challenging for those who are unemployed and underemployed. Pauleanna Reid, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 For the project, the company hired from the Jane Addams Resource Corporation, a workforce development nonprofit in Baltimore City’s Park Heights that trains unemployed and underemployed Marylanders in welding and other skills. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, 17 Mar. 2021 This laptop lending program can be a game-changer for many unemployed or underemployed individuals. Mary Lou Cruz, sun-sentinel.com, 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of underemployed

1908, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jun 2021

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“Underemployed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underemployed. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of underemployed

: having a job that does not use your skills

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